Sawyer, Pamela Z.

District towns: Andover, Bolton, Hebron, Marlborough

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Election history: Sawyer was elected in 1992 and last challenged by a Democrat in 2006, when she won 65 percent of the vote.

2008 general election

Pamela Z. Sawyer (R) 9,984 100 percent


Public financing: Sawyer qualified for $7,500 in public financing for her campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program. She returned $2,830.22 in surplus funds to the state.

Background: Sawyer is a former teacher who served on the Bolton Board of Education for 12 years. She opposed a bill that would have restricted the sale of junk food in schools. In 2009, she was one of nine House Republicans to vote for legislation codifying in state law the court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

Committees: Appropriations, Higher Education and Employment Advancement (ranking member), Legislative Management, Transportation

Education: B.A., University of Rhode Island

Occupation: Legislator

2008 Financial Disclosure: Sawyer reported no wages other than her legislative salary. Her husband, Eric Sawyer, is a helicopter pilot employed by Tennessee Gas. They own a home in Bolton and a share of property in Vermont.

Sawyer sits on the boards of Junior Achievement and the Bolton Land Trust.

She and her husband own shares of a dozen stock funds whose value exceeds $5,000.

Sawyer filed a confidential addendum listing any debts exceeding $10,000. She declined to release the addendum, as is her 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.