District towns: Bloomfield, Windsor
Election history: Baram won a special election March 24, 2009 to succeed four-term Democrat Faith P. McMahon, who died three weeks after the session began in January.
2008 special election
|David A. Baram (D)||1,513||56 percent|
Joseph P. Merritt (R)
|Devaughn L. Ward
Public financing: Baram and Merritt qualified for public financing. Ward did not.
Background: Baram is a Democratic town chairman and former mayor of Bloomfield who was well-positioned to jump into a special-election race, since name-recognition always is an advantage in a short campaign. He may have been a late arrival to the 2009 legislative session, but he quickly signed on as a sponsor or co-sponsor of 78 bills. Those bills addressed matters as complex as health-care reform and as mundane as safety rules for paint-ball games.
Leo Canty, an AFL-CIO vice president and the Windsor Democratic town chairman, is expected to challenge Baram for the Democratic nomination in 2010.
Committees: Banks, Children, Judiciary
Education: B.A., University of Connecticut; J.D., St. Mary’s University
Occupation: Lawyer, Clayman Tapper & Baram
2008 Financial Disclosure: He reported outside income from his law firm; His wife, Paula, was employed by Beth Hillel Synagogue of Bloomfield and the Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center; a son worked at Cronin and Company, a public-relations firm whose clients include the state. Baram says his son no longer is with the company.
He and his wife own two mutual funds.
Baram 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.