Hetherington, John W.

District towns: New Canaan, Wilton

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Election history: Hetherington was elected without Democratic opposition in 2002 to a new district drawn after the 2000 Census. In 2008, he had no opposition.

2008 general election

John W. Hetherington (R) 9,037 100 percent


Public financing: Hetherington received $6,500 in public financing for his campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program. He returned a surplus of $1,551.19

Background: Hetherington was the only House Republican to vote for a bill in 2009 that improved wages for private janitors hired to clean to state buildings.

Hetherington was a vice president, corporate secretary and assistant general counsel of MeadWestvaco Corporation. He also served with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve, retiring as a captain.

Committees: Appropriations, Government Administration and Elections (ranking member), Judiciary

Education: B.A., J.D., Yale University

Occupation: Lawyer, of counsel to Rucci, Burnham, Carta and Carello of New Canaan

2008 Financial Disclosure: Hertherington reported income from the law firm, pensions from MeadWestvaco and the U.S. government and commissions earned as trustee of the Shackleford Trust. He and his wife, Hope Hetherington, own homes in New Canaan and Vineyard Haven, Mass.

His wife is a director of the United Way of New Canaan, the Eagle Hill School of Southport and the Lupus Foundation of New York.

Their extensive investments are largely in mutual funds and bonds, with stocks in several companies, including Chevron, Exxon, IBM General Electric, Microsoft, Pfizer and Proctor & Gamble.

Hetherington reported debts in excess of $10,000 to Countrywide Bank and the Bank of Martha’s Vineyard.

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.