District towns: Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Roxbury, Seymour, Southbury, Thomaston, Watertown, Woodbury
Election history: Kane won a special election in 2008, succeeding Republican Louis C. DeLuca, who resigned. In the same year, he won a regular election against a Democrat cross-endorsed by Working Families Party.
2008 general election:
Robert J. Kane (R) 28,571 56 percent John McCarthy (D)
20,458 40 percent John McCarthy (WF)
1,974 4 percent
Public financing: Kane received $85,000 in public financing for his campaign under the Citizens' Election Program and returned a surplus of $509.89.
McCarthy received $85,000 and returned $10,295.90.
Background: In his first year, he voted against a minimum wage increase and a bill that would have required private employers to offer paid sick days.
He was a member of the Watertown Town Council.
He is married and the father of two children. They live in Watertown.
Committees: Appropriations, Banks (ranking member), Commerce, Human Services
Education: B.S., Central Connecticut State University; University of New Haven
Occupation: Owner, KarTele Cellular Phones in Waterbury
2008 Financial Disclosure: Kane reported no income from his retail cell phone business. He owns a home in Watertown.
He and his wife, Marcy Kane, have 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. 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.
Bethlehem! Bridgewater! Middlebury! Oxford! Roxbury! Seymour! Southbury! Thomaston! Watertown! Woodbury!
B.S., Central Connecticut State University! University of New Haven
Owner, KarTele Cellular Phones in Waterbury
Appropriations (ranking member)! Education! Public Health
In 2011, Kane took over as the ranking Republican on the Appropriations Committee, a key assignment as the state continues its fiscal struggles.In his first year, Kane voted against a minimum wage increase and a bill that would have required private employers to offer paid sick days. He has since established one of the conservative voting records in the Senate.Kane has opposed abolishing the death penalty, codifying in state law a court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, expanding the coverage mandates on health insurers, and requiring restaurants to disclose calorie counts on menus.He was a member of the Watertown Town Council.Personal: He is married Marcy Kane and is the father of two children. They live in Watertown.
Kane won a special election in 2008, succeeding Republican Louis C. DeLuca, who resigned. In the same year, Kane won a regular election against a Democrat cross-endorsed by Working Families Party. He was unopposed in 2010.
Robert J. Kane