Dillon, Patricia A.

District town: New Haven

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Election history: Dillon was elected in 1984, unseating four-term Republican Rosalind Berman. Among current legislators, she is the second-longest serving member of the House

2008 general election

Patricia A. Dillon (D) 7,061 86 percent
Patricia A. Dillon (WF) 439 5 percent
Paul Ortiz (R)                   726 9 percent

Public financing: Dillon received $24,924.56 in public financing for her campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program. She returned $8,892.40 in surplus funds to the state.

Background: Dillon has been an activist in public-health policy, helping to draft legislation on childhood mental-health coverage and AIDS issues. She is a former co-chair of the Public Health Committee.

Her relationship with New Haven Mayor John DeStefano has been strained at times, though threatened primaries against her have not materialized in recent years.

Committees: Appropriations, Higher Education and Employment Advancement, Judiciary

Education: B.A., Marymount College; M.A., Ohio State University; M.P.H., Yale University.

Occupation: Legislator

2008 Financial Disclosure: Dillon reported no income outside her legislative salary. Her husband, John S. Hughes, is a physician who had income from the Veterans Administration and 3M Health.

They own several Vanguard mutual funds.

Dillon declined to disclose 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.