McDonald, Andrew J.

District towns: Stamford and Darien

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Election history: McDonald won an open seat in 2002, succeeding Democrat George Jepsen. He defeated Republican Michael C. Fedele, the present lieutenant governor, in one of the state’s most expensive legislative races. In 2008, his only opponent was a write-in candidate.

2008 general election

Andrew J. McDonald (D) 25,946 100 percent

Public financing: McDonald received $24,168 in public financing for his campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program and returned a surplus of $5,736.57.

Background: As co-chair of the Judiciary Committee, McDonald has been a prominent player in debates over gay marriage, the death penalty and every other hot-button issue. He stumbled into a religious war in early 2009 by scheduling a public hearing on a bill that would have imposed financial accountability on Catholic parishes. The resulting outcry at least temporarily put McDonald, who had fought with the church on gay rights and emergency contraceptives for rape victims, on the defensive.

With lots of high-earning constituents, McDonald has dissented from Democratic efforts to raise income taxes on upper incomes, causing friction at times with Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn. He voted against one such tax increase in 2007. McDonald has been a reliable Democratic vote on a wide range of other issues.

McDonald is the son of former state Rep. Anne McDonald. He is married and lives in Stamford.

Committees: Education, Finance, Judiciary (co-chair), Transportation

Education: B.A., Cornell University; J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law

Occupation: Lawyer, Pullman & Comley

2008 Financial Disclosure: He reported income from Pullman & Comley. McDonald, who was not married until 2009, reported no spousal income in 2008. He owns a home in Stamford.

He reported owning five mutual funds.

He voluntarily disclosed a debt of more than $10,000 to Citimortgage.

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.