LeBeau, Gary D.

District towns: East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, South WIndsor

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Election history: LeBeau was elected to the Senate in 1996, unseating Republican Kevin Rennie. He was elected to the House in 1990, serving three terms. In 2008, he was unopposed by Republicans and cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.

2008 general election

Gary D. LeBeau (D) 28,126 85 percent
Gary D. LeBeau (WF) 4,786 15 percent

Public financing: LeBeau received $25,500 in public financing for his campaign. He returned a surplus of $6,552.23.

Background: Job creation has been a focus for LeBeau since his time in the House, where was he vice chair of the new Commerce Committee. He now is the Senate co-chair of the panel. He has backed tax credits and other state support for stem-cell research, fuel-cell development and other new technologies.

LeBeau has formed a committee to explore a run for governor in 2010.

Prior to his election to the General Assembly, he was the founder and director of the Synergy Alternative High School in East Hartford. He coordinated drop-out prevention program for a time, before ending his career as a teacher.

He is married and the father of three. They reside in East Hartford.

Committees: Commerce (co-chair), Finance, Legislative Management, Transportation

Education: B.A., M.Ed, University of Massachusetts; C.A.G.S., University of Connecticut; Elementary education certificate, Central Connecticut State University.

Occupation: Retired teacher

2008 Financial Disclosure: LeBeau reported a pension from the East Hartford Board of Education. His wife, Joanne LeBeau, still is employed by the East Hartford schools. They own their home in East Hartford and property in Hiram, Maine.

LeBeau reported owning shares in more than a dozen mutual funds, plus stock in Cisco, Intel, Motorola and a company with a major presence in his district, United Technologies.

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. 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.