Slossberg, Gayle S.

District towns: Milford, Orange, West Haven

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Election history: Slossberg was elected in 2004 with 52 percent of the vote, unseating Republican Win Smith Jr.

2008 general election:

Vincent Marino (R) 16,776 37 percent
Gayle Slossberg (D)
28,248 63 percent

Public financing: Slossberg received $85,000 in public financing for her campaign from the Citizens’ Election Program and returned a surplus of $16,690.95.

Background: Slossberg occupies a seat previously held by two of the most conservative members of the Senate. That has not kept her from supporting same-sex marriage and requiring hospitals to provide emergency contraceptives to rape victims.

But Slossberg also has displayed an independent streak, breaking with Democratic leaders in June 2009 over their proposed budget. She voted for a minimum-wage increase in 2008, but not a bill to mandate that private employers offer paid sick days. She backed efforts to restrict junk food in schools and the use of trans fats, but was one of only seven Senate Democrats to oppose legalizing medical marijuana.

As co-chair of the Government Administration and Elections Committee, Slossberg will have a voice in how or whether the legislature preserves the state’s Citizens’ Election Program in the face of a court’s ruling that it must be made fairer to minor parties or scrapped.

Slossberg is married and the mother of three. They live in Milford.

Committees: Appropriations, Government Administration and Elections (co-chair), Public Health, Veterans’ Affairs

Education: B.S., Cornell University; J.D., New York University Law School

Occupation: Retired lawyer

2008 Financial Disclosure: Slossberg, who no longer practices law, reported no income other than her legislative salary. Her husband, David Slossberg, is a partner in the law firm of Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg, Knuff. They own their home in Milford. Slossberg also owns property in Ashland, Mass.

She and her husband owned mutual funds. She also reported stocks held by a dependent child.

She voluntarily disclosed debts of more than $10,000 to the Milford Bank and the Honeysuckle Realty Trust.

A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, officials are required to disclose the ownership of real estate, the source of any income exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year and securities worth more than $5,000. They also are required to file an addendum in which they report any debt of more than $10,000; this may by law be kept confidential.