Musto, Anthony J.

District towns: Bridgeport, Monroe, Trumbull

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Election history: Musto unseated Republican Robert D. Russo, who had won the seat in a special election in early 2008. Russo succeeded Democrat Bill Finch, who was elected mayor of Bridgeport in 2007.

2008 general election

Robert D. Russo (R) 17,994 45 percent
Anthony J. Musto (D) 20,707 52 percent
Anthony J. Musto (WF)
1,040 3 percent

2008 Democrat primary

Anthony J. Musto 1,915 54 percent
Marilyn Moore 1,656 46 percent

Public financing: Musto and Russo each received $85,000 in public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program. Musto returned a $49.32 surplus; Russo returned $4,026.36. Musto also received $35,000 for his primary.

Background: Musto was absent for votes May 30, 2009 on the Sustinet health insurance bill and a health pooling bill. But he was one of the 24 Democrats who voted in July to override Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s veto of Sustinet.

He is a former Trumbull town council member. Musto is married and the father of three children. They live in Trumbull.

Committees: Children (co-chair), Commerce, General Law, Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Education: B.S., American University; J.D., Emory University Law School

Occupation: Lawyer

2008 Financial Disclosure: Musto reported income from his law practice. His wife, Katherine Musto, is employed by the Trumbull school system. They own their home in Trumbull.

They own several mutual funds and college-savings accounts.

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.