District towns: Colchester, East Haddam
Election history: Orange was elected in 1996 and last faced an opponent in 2002, when she won by 1,156 votes.
2008 general election
Linda A. Orange (D) 9,238 100 percent
Public financing: Orange qualified for $7,500 in public financing for her campaign, but ended up returning the entire grant.
Background: Orange was a legislative staff member from 1991 to 1995 and a member of the Colchester Police Commission from 1993 to 1996. She is a deputy House speaker.
Committees: Appropriations, Human Services, Legislative Management, Public Safety
2008 Financial Disclosure: Orange reported no outside income. Her husband, Dennis Orange, is retired from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. They own a home in Colchester and Linda Orange owns a share of a home in Union, Maine.
They reported owning no securities worth more than $5,000.
She declined to disclose information on any debts exceeding $10,000, as allowed by 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.
Colchester! East Haddam
Respiratory Therapist Program, Hartford Hospital
Appropriations, Human Services, Legislative Management, Public Safety
Orange was a legislative staff member from 1991 to 1995 and a member of the Colchester Police Commission from 1993 to 1996. She is a deputy House speaker. Co-chairwoman of the Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, Orange successfully pushed for the reduction of an approved 100 percent increase in state park fees and hunting and fishing licenses down to 35 percent. But that scaled back increase was matched with a new hike in fines for a variety of motor vehicle violations.
Orange was elected in 1996 and until 2010 she hadn't faced an opponent since 2002, when she won by 1,156 votes. But this past year Orange won by less than 340 votes over GOP challenge Joe Broder.
Joe Broder! Linda A. Orange! Linda A. Orange