Fleischmann, Andy M.

District town: West Hartford

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Election history: Fleischmann won an open seat in 1994, succeeding Democrat Miles S. Rapoport, who was elected secretary of the state. Fleischmann won the nomination in a wild, six-way primary. His subsequent elections have held little drama. In 2008, he was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.

2008 general election

Andrew M. Fleischmann (D) 7,530 68 percent
Andrew M. Fleischmann (WF) 558 5 percent
Thomas I. Knox (R) 2,938 27 percent

Public financing: Fleischmann qualified for $24,995 in public financing, but he returned $15,155.85 to the state.

Background: Fleischmann is a member of a West Hartford delegation that zealously protects the town’s share of state education aid, a task easier in the days when the town was represented in the Senate by Kevin Sullivan, the Senate leader. Education has been a key focus for Fleischmann.

In 2009, Fleischmann publicly ripped the insurance industry, recounting his difficulties getting treatment for cancer. Fleischmannn finished his chemotherapy in late 2009 and pronounced himself ready for another legislative session — and another campaign season. He never has hid his ambition to move up in politics, floating his name for secretary of the state four years ago when it appeared that the Susan Bysiewicz would run for governor, not re-election. In 2010, he lost a close race in the Democratic caucus for House majority leader.

His legislative interests run from education policy to the more whimsical. He was the author of a bill that would have required move theaters to hew to published starting times. The bill went nowhere, but it got national play in the press.

He and his wife, Caroline Shaffery, live in West Hartford with their daughter.

Committees: Appropriations, Education (co-chair), Government Administration and Elections

Education: A.B., Princeton University; M.A., Stanford University

Occupation: Chief operating officer, SpeedReading People.

2008 Financial Disclosure: He reported outside income from SpeedReading People and real-estate investments. He held a minority interest in limited liability corporations that own three properties in Avon, Farmington and Bristol.

He 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.