Lawlor, Michael P.

District towns: East Haven

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Election history: Lawlor was elected in 1986, running on a ticket led by the Gov. William A. O’Neill. In 2008, Lawlor was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.

2008 general election

Michael P. Lawlor (D) 4,795 53 percent
Michael P. Lawlor (WF) 879 10 percent
Lori G. Musco (R) 3,399 37 percent

Public financing: Lawlor ($24,900) and Musco ($25,000) each received public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program. Each returned a surplus to the state: Lawlor, $1,358.45; Musco, $632.97.

Background: Lawlor is the longest-serving co-chair of the Judiciary Committee, a focal point for controversial issues, including abortion, gay rights, gun control, the death penalty, tort reform and a host of sentencing issues.

He has thrived politically in heavily Catholic, blue-collar East Haven, despite being an outspoken proponent of same-sex marriage and opponent of the death penalty. It is the town where he grew up and was a high-school football star.

He is a former prosecutor and Fulbright Scholar. Lawlor is the only remaining Democrat who served on the bipartisan impeachment committee that investigated Gov. John G. Rowland in 2004.

Committees: Government Administration and Elections, Judiciary (co-chair), Transportation

Education: B.A., University of Connecticut; M.A., University of London: J.D., George Washington University Law School

Occupation: Associate professor of criminal justice, University of New Haven

2008 Financial Disclosure: Lawlor’s only outside income was his salary at the University of New Haven. He owns a home in East Haven.

He owns shares of three mutual funds with values in excess of $5,000.

Lawlor disclosed a debt in excess of $10,000 to Citimortgage.

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.