District towns: Monroe, Seymour, Shelton, Stratford
Election history: Debicella won an open seat in 2006, succeeding Republican George L. Gunther. In 2008, he faced a Democrat cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.
2008 general election
Dan Debicella (R) 24,925 54 percent Janice Andersen (D)
19,794 43 percent Janice Andersen (WF)
1,540 3 percent
Public financing: Debicella received $85,000 in public financing for his campaign under the Citizens' Election Program and returned a surplus of $1,938.01.
Andersen received $84,785.73 and returned $138.28.
Background: It seems that it will be either up or out in 2010 for Debicella. He is seeking the Republican nomination for Congress in the 4th District. With Senate Minority Leader John McKinney out of the running, Debicella is an early favorite for the nomination.
In his two terms, Debicella has not strayed far from the Republican fold, opposing the Democratic majority's budget proposals, health-care reforms and labor issues such as a minimum wage increase and private-sector paid sick days. He also voted against legalizing medical marijuana, requiring gun owners to report stolen firearms and requiring hospitals to offer emergency contraceptives to rape victims.
He is a former consultant for McKinsey & Co., which prides itself on hiring the cream of business-school graduates every spring.
He is married and lives in Shelton.
Committees: Appropriations (ranking member), Higher Education and Employment Advancement (ranking member), Public Health (ranking member), Regulations Review
Education: B.S., University of Pennsylvania; M.B.A., Harvard University
Occupation: Marketing executive, Hartford Financial Services
2008 Financial Disclosure: Debicella reported income and severance from his former employer, Pepsico, and salary from his new employer, Hartford Financial Services. His wife, Alexandra Galli-Debicella, reported income from Quinnipiac University.
His stock holdings included Microsoft, PepsiCo and IBM.
He voluntarily disclosed debts of more than $10,000 to Countrywide Mortgage and Everhome Mortgage.
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.