District towns: Cheshire, Wallingford
Election history: Fritz won a special election in 1983, lost the seat in the 1984 Ronald Reagan landslide and then made a comeback in 1986. She has been re-elected every two years since, facing only a challenger from the Connecticut for Lieberman Party in 2008.
2008 general election
|Mary G. Fritz (D)||7,721
|Peter J. Votto (CFL*)
Public financing: Fritz received $15,000 in public financing under the Citizens’ Election Program. She returned $3,333.46 in surplus funds to the state.
Background: Only two House members have more time in the legislature than Fritz, but seniority guarantees nothing in the General Assembly. Fritz was a deputy speaker under House Speaker James Amann. Not so under his successor, Christopher G. Donovan.
Fritz often breaks with the Democratic majority on social and, occasionally, fiscal, issues. She opposed bills that abolished the death penalty and required hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims. She missed a vote on same-sex marriage. She was one of just 14 House Democrats who voted against a Democratic budget and tax increase in June 2009, though she supported the final version passed in September.
Committees: Judiciary, Legislative Management, Planning and Development.
Education: B.A., Emmanuel College; Boston College; Trinity College; Fairfield University.
2008 Financial Disclosure: Fritz reported no income other than her legislative salary. She and her husband, William Fritz, own a home in the Yalesville section of Wallingford.
She reported owning no securities worth more than $5,000.
Fritz filed a confidential addendum listing any debts exceeding $10,000. She declined to release the addendum, as is her 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.