District town: Stamford
Election history: Shapiro won an open seat in 2004, succeeding 12-term Democrat John Wayne Fox. In 2008, his only opposition was a write-in candidate who got 2 votes.
2008 general election
|James Shapiro (D)
Public financing: Shapiro did not seek public financing for his campaign.
Background: In December, Shapiro was one of five House Democrats to oppose the Democratic deficit mitigation plan, which was criticized by Republicans as too timid.
Shapiro was on the Board of Representatives in Stamford from 1997 until his election to the General Assembly in 2004. Prior to becoming a legislator, he was the director of legal affairs for Barnes and Noble.
He and his wife, Cristin Tierney, live with their son in Stamford.
Committees: General Law (co-chair), Higher Education and Employment Advancement, Public Safety
Education: B.A., Yale University; J.D., Vanderbilt Law School
2008 Financial Disclosure: Shapiro reported no wage income other than his legislative salary. His wife owns a business in New York City, Cristin Tierney Fine Arts Advisory Services. They own a home in Stamford.
They reported extensive investments, including stock in Bayer, Glaxo Smithkline, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, Philip Morris, Proctor & Gamble, Royal Dutch Shell and Walmart.
Shapiro 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.