District town: Danbury
Election history: Godfrey won an open seat in 1988, succeeding Democrat Paul J. Garavel. In 2008, he was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.
2008 general election
Bob Godfrey (D) 3,595
Bob Godfrey (WF) 307
Godfrey total vote 3,902 (63 percent)
Roger A. Palanzo (R) 2,305 (37 percent)
Public financing: Godfrey ($25,000) and Palanzo ($24,899.68) each received public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program. Each returned a surplus: Godfrey, $3,194.12; Palanzo, $964.11.
Background: Godfrey has become an institutional voice at the General Assembly by virtue of his knowledge of legislative process and reputation for improving legislation as a long-time member of the bipartisan group that screens bills. He is vice chairman of the Council of State Governments, a national organization that brings together officials from all branches of government.
He is a deputy House speaker.
Committees: Judiciary, Legislative Management, Planning and Development
Education: B.A., Fordham University; J.D., University of Connecticut Law School.
2008 Financial Disclosure: Godfrey reported no income other than his legislative salary. He reported owning no real estate and no securities. He 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.