District towns: Cheshire, Southington, Waterbury, Wolcott
Election history: Caligiuri won an open seat in 2006, succeeding Democrat Chris Murphy, who was elected to Congress. In 2010, he is seeking the Republican nomination for Murphy’s 5th District seat.
2008 general election
|Sam S.F. Caligiuri (R)||25,362||77 percent|
|Mark A. Orsini (I)||7,784||24 percent|
Public financing: Caligiuri received $51,000 in public financing for his campaign under the Citizens Election Program. He returned a surplus of $5,479.31.
Background: Caligiuri was a Waterbury alderman thrust into the role of acting mayor when the FBI arrested city’s mayor, Philip A. Giordano, in July 2001. Caligiuri was widely lauded for stabilizing city hall, but declined to seek the office. It became clear, however, that Caligiuri was not without political ambition. He won a state Senate seat in 2006 and declared his candidacy in 2009 for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Christopher J. Dodd. When Caligiuri failed to gain traction in a crowded Republican field, he quit and immediately declared he would instead challenge the man he followed into the state legislature, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th District.
In the legislature, Caligiuri amassed a conservative voting record, though he was one of only two Republicans to vote for increasing the minimum wage in 2008. He also voted to override Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s veto of the bill. He highlights the vote on his official web site.
He voted against requiring gun owners to report stolen firearms, the decriminalization of medical marijuana and the codification in state law of a court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. He describes himself as strongly pro-life, but voted over the objections of Catholic bishops to require hospitals to provide emergency contraceptives to rape victims.
Caligiuri was a deputy legal counsel to the administration of Gov. John G. Rowland.
He is married and the father of two children. They live in Waterbury.
Committees: Appropriations, Education (ranking member), Insurance (ranking member), Regulations Review
Education: B.A., Boston College; M.A.R., Yale University; J.D., Catholic University of America
Occupation: Lawyer, Day Pitney
2008 Financial Disclosure: Caligiuri reported income as a partner in Day Pitney, the state’s largest law firm. He reported owning “various mutual funds,” failing to identify them. He and his wife, Lori Caligiuri, own their home in Waterbury.
Caligiuri was a director of the United Way of Greater Waterbury and the chairman of the Three Strikes Now Coalition, a group advocating stiffer sentences for repeat offenders.
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.