Schofield, Linda

District town: Simsbury

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Election history: Schofield squeaked into office with 50.6 percent of the vote in 2006, unseating four-term Republican Robert Heagney by 180 votes. In 2008, she won a rematch with Heagney by more than 2,000 votes, despite an attempt by the Working Families Party to siphon liberal votes. She also faced a petitioning candidate.

2008 general election

Linda Schofield (D)
56 percent
Robert Heagney (R)
41 percent
Deborah Beth Noble (WF)
3 percent
Robert H. Kalechman (P*)
0 percent

*Petitioning Candidate

Public financing: Schofield qualified for $25,000 in public financing for her campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program and returned $689.56 to the state. Heagney ($25,000) and Noble ($16,667) also qualified for public financing.

Background: Schofield is testing the willingness of some liberal Democrats to tolerate contrary views, especially on fiscal and health issues. In 2009, she was one of nine House Democrats to vote against the final budget bill and one of five Democrats to sustain Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s veto of the Sustinet health reform bill.

After cross-endorsing her in 2006, the Working Families Party ran a candidate against Schofield in 2008, even though it risked tipping the race to a Republican. Their analysis: opposition to their position on health reform within the Democratic caucus was more dangerous than bolstering a Republican minority. House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan defended Schofield, noting she cast a key vote to narrowly override Rell’s veto of a minimum-wage increase in 2008.

Schofield, a registered nurse with a graduate degree in public health, held policy posts at Travelers and Aetna before becoming director of the state’s $2 billion Medicaid program in 1988. She returned to Aetna as a vice president in 1993, tasked to study the Clinton administration’s effort at health reform. She later became executive director of Kaiser Permanente in Massachusetts.

Committees: Appropriations, Banks, Executive and Legislative Nominations, Insurance

Education: B.S., University of Vermont; M.P.H., University of Hawaii

Occupation: Health-care consultant

2008 Financial Disclosure: Schofield reported outside income from her health-care consulting business, Schofield & Associates. (Schofield says she has discontinued consulting.) Her husband, Mark Deming, had income from RBC Investments, a brokerage firm.  They own a home in Simsbury.

Their extensive investments include stock in insurance and banking companies such as Aspen Insurance Holdings, Unum Group, United Health Group, ING, Barclays Bank, Royal Bank of Canada and HSBC Finance.

They have no debts exceeding $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.