District towns: Greenwich, New Canaan, Stamford
Election history: Frantz won an open seat in 2008, succeeding Republican William Nickerson.
2008 general election
|L. Scott Frantz (R)||26,308||58 percent|
|Mark Diamond (D)
|Zachary A. Chaves (G)
Public financing: Frantz did not seek public financing for his campaign.
Background: Frantz is an independently wealthy businessman whose political ambitions are seen at the Capitol as reaching beyond the state legislature, though he has resisted jumping into the 4th Congressional District race.
He an ocean racer and private pilot who used to fly his own plane to his meetings as chairman of the Bradley International Airport Commission in Windsor Locks. He also was chairman of the Connecticut Development Authority. He has loaned his plane to the Corporate Angel Network, which provides free flights to patients who need to travel for medical care. His father, the late Leroy Frantz, also was a sailor and pilot who owned Marina America in Stamford. His mother was Ann Haebler Frantz.
Frantz and his wife, Allison, hosted a fundraiser at their waterfront home in 2007 for the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney. In 2006, they hosted President George W. Bush at an event that raised $800,000. Frantz and his wife have donated $40,000 to the Connecticut Republican Party, with each writing checks for $10,000 in 2007 and 2008.
Frantz is married and the father of four children. They live in Greenwich.
Committees: Appropriations, Commerce (ranking member), Program Review and Investigations, Transportation
Education: B.S., Princeton; M.B.A., Dartmouth
2008 Financial Disclosure: Frantz reported being the owner or partner in more than two dozen companies and limited partnerships, including Haebler Capital and Marina America. He reported income from partnership distributions and dividends from extensive stock holdings.
He owns a home in the Riverside section of Greenwich and property in Greenwich, St. Barthelemy in the French West Indies and Warren, Vt.
He and his wife, Allison H. Frantz, have 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.