Hamzy, William A.

District towns: Bristol, Plymouth

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Election history: Hamzy won an open seat in 1994, succeeding the House minority leader, Edward C. Krawiecki Jr. His Democratic opponent in 2008 was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party. He is not seeking re-election in 2010.

2008 general election

William A. Hamzy (R) 6,277 62 percent
Jacqui D. Denski (D) 3,493 34 percent

Jacqui D. Denski (WF)

377 4 percent

Public financing: Hamzy ($24,700) and Denski ($25,000) each qualified for public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program. Both returned a surplus to the state: Hamzy, $1,723.42; Denski, $1,064.75.

Background: Hamzy was the good Republican soldier who became chairman of the financially strapped state GOP at Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s request after the 2004 elections. He quit less than a year later after Rell undermined his fund-raising efforts by publicly distancing herself from his solicitation of then-legal contributions from lobbyists and state contractors.

In 2004, Hamzy was one of five Republicans on the bipartisan House committee that conducted an impeachment inquiry into Gov. John G. Rowland, on whose ticket Hamzy was first elected.  Rowland resigned before the committee voted on impeachment, but Hamzy said publicly days before the resignation that Rowland was guilty, at a minimum, of repeated willful violations of state ethics laws.

Hamzy is a deputy minority leader.

Committees: Banks, Energy and Technology, Executive and Legislative Nominations, Judiciary, Regulations Review

Education: B.A., University of Connecticut; J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center.

Occupation: Attorney, Hamzy & Conlin

2008 Financial Disclosure: Hamzy reported wages and a partnership distribution from his law firm. His wife, Anita Hamzy, also is employed by the firm. They own a home in Bristol. Hamzy is part-owner of the office building housing his law practice.

Hamzy reported having accounts with T. Rowe Price, TD Ameritrade and LPL Securities and investing in ING and CHET.

He declined to make public details of any debts in excess of $10,000, as allowed by 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.