District towns: Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville and Plymouth
Election history: Colapietrio won an open seat in 1992, succeeding Democrat Steven C. Casey. In 2008, he was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party and unopposed by the Republican Party.
2008 general election
|Thomas A. Colapietro (D)||25,710||88 percent|
|Thomas A. Colapietro (WF)||3,519||12 percent|
Public financing: Colapietro received $28,866.50 in pubic financing for his uncontested campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program and returned a surplus of $2,376.29.
Background: Colapietro, who was an active UAW member as a GM manufacturing employee, has been a reliable supporter of the Democratic majority’s agenda, including raising the minimum wage, extending workers’ compensation benefits and increasing taxers on upper-income earners. He is part of the last generation of auto workers who once had well-paying jobs in Bristol. His factory closed in 1994.
He is married and the father of three children. He and his wife live in Bristol.
Committees: General Law (co-chair), Internship, Legislative Management, Transportation
Education: Bristol Technical High School
Occupation: Retired, General Motors Delco Chassis Division
2008 Financial Disclosure: Colapietro reported income from a GM pension. He and his wife, Susan Zaremba, owned no securities worth more than $5,000, no real estate and owed no debts in excess of $10,000.
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.