District town: Milford
Election history: Roy won an open seat in 1992, succeeding Democrat Peter C. Smith.
2008 general election
Richard F. Roy (D) 6,964 64 percent Kevin G. Liddy (R) 3,995 36 percent
Public financing: Each received public financing for their campaigns: Roy, $24,900; Liddy, $25,000.
Each returned a surplus: Roy, $945.53; Liddy, $37.84
Background: Roy was the sponsor of the law banning the use of cell phones while driving.
Commitees: Appropriations, Environment (co-chair), Executive and Legislative Nominations
Education: A.S., New Haven College
Occupation: Freelance writer
2008 Financial Disclosure: Roy reported wages and a pension from the New Haven Register. His wife, Patricia Roy, is a teacher at the St. Mark School in Stamford. They own a home in Milford.
They own several mutual funds.
Roy had 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.
A.S., New Haven College
Environment (co-chair)! Executive Nominations! Public Safety
Roy worked at the now-defunct New Haven Journal-Courier in New Haven before taking early retirement from the newspaper in 1986 and beginning a free-lance writing career. He also has been a substitute teacher at West Haven High School, an adjunct instructor in journalism and communications at the University of New Haven and an instructor in post-graduate English courses at Milford Academy.
Roy won an open seat in 1992, succeeding Democrat Peter C. Smith.
Daniel German! Richard Roy