District town: Middletown
Election history: Serra won an open seat in 1992, succeeding Republican Sidney J. Holbrook. In 2006 and 2008, Serra was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.
2008 general election
|Joseph C. Serra (D)||5,903||61 percent|
|Joseph C. Serra (WF)||573||6 percent|
|Catherine M. Johnson (R)||3,200||33 percent|
Public financing: Serra qualified for $25,000 in public financing for his campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program. He returned $15,753.14 to the state.
Background: Serra was a public works official in Middletown for 37 years, retiring in 1996. He still works part-time for “CASHO,” the Connecticut Association of Street and Highway Officials.
Committees: Aging (chair), Judiciary, Transportation
Education: A.S., Middlesex Community College; B.S., University of Hartford
Occupation: Secretary-treasurer, Connecticut Association of Street and Highway Officials
2008 Financial Disclosure: Serra reported outside income from CASHO, a pension from the city of Middletown and Social Security. His wife, Marie M. Serra, is employed by the Middletown schools. They own a home in Middletown.
They reported owning a retirement account. They reported no debts.
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.