District towns: East Haven
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.