Piscopo, John E.

District towns: Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield, Thomaston

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Election history: Piscopo won the seat in 1988, beating Democrat Marie W. Galbraith by 63 votes.

2008 general election

John. E, Piscopo (R) 7,816 63 percent
Joseph Arcuri (D) 4,544 37 percent

Public financing: Piscopo and Arcuri each qualified for $24,900 in public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program. Arcuri returned a surplus of $852.20 to the state.

Background: Piscopo was one of two legislators in the General Assembly to vote against a bill in 2009 that broadened the coverage that group health plans must give for various forms of autism. He is an advocate of making English the official language.

Committees: Environment, Executive and Legislative Nominations (ranking member), Finance, Legislative Management

Education: B.A., Eastern Connecticut State University

Occupation: Legislator

2008 Financial Disclosure: Piscopo reported no outside income, though he owns Picasso Painting, a residential-and-commercial painting business. His wife, Patricia Piscopo, is employed by New Organic, a natural food and vitamins store. They own a home in Thomaston.

His wife owns a mutual fund and a 401 (k) retirement account.

Piscopo filed a confidential addendum listing any debts they have in excess of $10,000. He declined to waive confidentiality, 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.