District towns: Bridgewater, Roxbury, Southbury, Washington
Election history: O’Neill won the seat in a special election in 1988.
2008 general election
|Arthur J. O’Neill (R)||9,049||100 percent|
Public financing: O’Neill did not seek public financing for his campaign.
Background: O’Neill is the senior member of the Republican caucus and a trusted, if low-key, member of the Republican leadership. In 2001, he was chosen to help settle how legislative districts would be redrawn to reflect the 2000 census. In 2004, he was named co-chairman of the bipartisan House committee that conducted Connecticut’s first impeachment inquiry into the actions of a governor.
Committees: Appropriations, Judiciary (ranking member), Regulations Review
Education: B.A., University of Connecticut; J.D., Rutgers.
Occupation: Lawyer, private practice.
2008 Financial Disclosure: O’Neill declared outside income from his law practice and investments. He owns a home in Southbury.
O’Neill’s investments mainly are municipal and state bonds.
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.