District town: Waterbury
Election history: Berger was elected in 2000 to an open seat with 61 percent of the vote, succeeding Democrat Joan V. Hartley.
2008 general election
|Jeffrey Berger (D)||5,622||80 percent|
|Michael J. Telesca (I)||1,430||20 percent|
Public financing: Berger qualified for $15,000 in public financing under the Citizens’ Election Program. He returned $368.16 in surplus funds to the state.
Background: Berger, a retired Waterbury police officer, was a city alderman before his election to the legislature.
He voted against a minimum wage increase in 2008, but he switched positions when Democrats needed his vote to override Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s veto.
Committees: Commerce (co-chair), Finance, Judiciary.
Education: B.A., B.S., Eckerd College.
Occupation: Realtor, Century 21
2008 Financial Disclosure: Berger reported outside income from Century 21. His wife, Noreen Berger, is a Waterbury school teacher. They own a home in Waterbury.
She owns mutual funds, which Berger did not identify.
He voluntarily disclosed two debts exceeding $10,000: a mortgage from Washington Mutual Mortgage and a GMAC car loan
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.