Kane, Robert J.

District towns: Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Roxbury, Seymour, Southbury, Thomaston, Watertown, Woodbury

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Election history: Kane won a special election in 2008, succeeding Republican Louis C. DeLuca, who resigned. In the same year, he won a regular election against a Democrat cross-endorsed by Working Families Party.

2008 general election:

Robert J. Kane (R) 28,571 56 percent
John McCarthy (D)
20,458 40 percent
John McCarthy (WF)
1,974 4 percent

Public financing: Kane received $85,000 in public financing for his campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program and returned a surplus of $509.89.

McCarthy received $85,000 and returned $10,295.90.

Background: In his first year, he voted against a minimum wage increase and a bill that would have required private employers to offer paid sick days.

He was a member of the Watertown Town Council.

He is married and the father of two children. They live in Watertown.

Committees: Appropriations, Banks (ranking member), Commerce, Human Services

Education: B.S., Central Connecticut State University; University of New Haven

Occupation: Owner, KarTele Cellular Phones in Waterbury

2008 Financial Disclosure: Kane reported no income from his retail cell phone business. He owns a home in Watertown.

He and his wife, Marcy Kane, have no debts in excess of $10,000.

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.