District town: Bridgeport
Election history: Hennessy won an open seat in 2004, succeeding nine-term Democrat Jacqueline M. Cocco.
In 2008, he was a rare island of tranquility in the stormy sea of Bridgeport politics, cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party and unopposed for the Democratic nomination and general election.
2008 general election
|John F. Hennessy (D)
|John F. Hennessy (WF)
Public financing: Hennessy received $7,500 in public financing for his campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program. He returned the entire grant, plus $1,051.60 in privately raised funds.
Background: Hennessy became an unwelcome Internet sensation in 2009. A photograph of him playing solitaire on his laptop during the budget debate went viral, generating scathing criticism. At the Capitol, where budget debates are seen as theater, reaction was more muted.
Hennessy was a sponsor of a law that gives municipalities a greater voice in the siting of facilities that generate pollution. He is a former Army Ranger and licensed massage therapist who makes his living as a truck driver for FedEx.
Committees: Environment, Finance, Planning and Development
Education: B.A., Boston College
Occupation: Driver, Federal Express
2008 Financial Disclosure: Hennessy reported outside income from Federal Express. He and his wife, Lindy Hennessy, own a home in Bridgeport.
They reported owning stock in Federal Express, Consolidated Edison and Merrill Lynch.
They had 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.