Fasano, Leonard A.

District towns: Wallingford, North Haven, East Haven

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Election history: Fasano unseated Democrat Brian McDermott in 2002, despite efforts in that year’s redistricting plan to make the seat even safer for a Democrat. The seat now seems to be Fasano’s for as long as he wants it. In 2008, he was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party and unopposed by Democrats.

2008 general election:

Leonard A. Fasano (R) 23,786 76 percent
Leonard A. Fasano (WF) 7,336 24 percent

Public financing: Fasano received $24,608.50 in public financing under the Citizens’ Election Program and returned entire grant, plus $6,679.48 in privately raised funds.

Background: In 2008, Fasano was only one of two Senate Republicans to vote for a bill to require private employers to offer paid sick days, a vote that earned him the cross-endorsement of the Working Families Party later that year.

Fasano returned the GOP fold on another labor bill a month later, voting against a minimum wage increase that became law over Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s veto.

In 2007, Fasano voted against medical marijuana and a bill to require gun owners to report stolen firearms. He supported requiring hospitals to offer emergency contraceptives to rape victims.

He is married and the father of three children. They live in North Haven.

Committees: Executive Nominations, Legislative Management, Planning and Development, Veterans’ Affairs

Education: B.S., Yale University; J.D., Quinnipiac University Law School; L.L.M, Boston University Law School.

Occupation: Lawyer, Fasano, Ippolito & Lee

2008 Financial Disclosure: Fasano reported income from his law firm and from rental income on real estate investments. His wife, Jill E. Fasano, owns their home in North Haven.

They own no securities worth more than $5,000.

He sits on the board of his high-school alma mater, Hamden Hall Country Day School.

He filed a confidential addendum listing any debts exceeding $10,000. He declined to release the addendum, as is his choice under the law.

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.