District towns: Hamden, New Haven
Election history: Staples was elected in 1992 to an open seat, succeeding Democrat Martin M. Looney, who won a Senate seat. In 2008, he was unopposed.
2008 general election
|Cameron C. Staples (D)||7,805||100 percent|
Public financing: Staples did not seek public financing for his campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program.
Background: As the co-chair of the Finance Committee, Staples is a key player in every debate over fiscal policy in Connecticut. Staples was named co-chair of the Education Committee in his second term, a post he held until 2002.
Staples was the majority leader of the New Haven Board of Alderman.
He is married and the father of two children. They reside in New Haven.
Committees: Finance (co-chair)
Education: B.A., Wesleyan University; M.G.A., University of Pennsylvania; J.D., University of Connecticut Law School.
Occupation: Lawyer, Neubert, Pepe & Montheith.
2008 Financial Disclosure: Staples reported outside income from Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, the New Haven law firm where he is a partner. The firm has a lobbying arm, NPM Legislative Services. He also is a part-time lecturer at Yale. His wife, Donna O. Staples, is employed by the Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, which receives state funding through the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Public Health. They own a home in Old Saybrook.
They own mutual funds and Individual Retirement Accounts.
Staples 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. 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.