Lewis, Joan A.

District towns: Columbia, Coventry, Vernon

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Election history: She won an open seat in 2002, succeeding Democrat Patrick J. Flaherty, who unsuccessfully ran for the state Senate. In 2008, she was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.

2008 general election

Joan A. Lewis (D)
5,698 47 percent
Joan A. Lewis (WF)
711 6 percent
Timothy J. Ackert (R)
47 percent

Noted: Lewis has held elective office for 35 years, serving 12 years on the Coventry school board, 17 years on the town council and six years in the legislature. She was chairwoman of the council and board.

Committees: Appropriations, Education, Higher Education and Employment Advancement

Education: M.C.T.C., Eastern Connecticut State University

Occupation: Paralegal

2008 Financial disclosure: Lewis reported wages from the law firm of Kahan Kerensky & Caposella, Social Security benefits and her late husband’s pension.

She held three retirement accounts.

She reported owing a mortgage in excess of $10,000 to Rockville Bank.