Colapietro, Thomas A.

District towns: Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville and Plymouth

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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.