District towns: Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman
Election history: McLachlan won an open seat in 2008, succeeding Republican David Cappiello, who ran for Congress.
2008 general election
Michael A. McLachlan (R) 17,949 48 percent Michael A. McLachlan (I)
1,313 4 percent Duane E. Perkins (D) 16,001 43 percent Duane E. Perkins (WF)
1,535 4 percent Manuel A. Bataguas (Petitioning Candidate)
516 1 percent
Public financing: McLachlan received $85,000 in public financing for his campaign under the Citizens' Election Program and returned a surplus of $105.96.
Perkins received $35,000 for a Democratic primary and $85,000 for the general election and returned a surplus of $231.56.
Background: In his first year in office, McLachlan was a consistent conservative vote on fiscal and social issues.
McLachlan was the chief of staff for Mayor Mark Boughton of Danbury from 2001 until he took office in 2009. He is a former chairman of the Republican town committee in Danbury.
McLachlan is married and lives in Danbury.
Committees: Finance, Government Administration and Elections (ranking member), Judiciary, Legislative Management, Transportation
Education: Western Connecticut State University
2008 Financial Disclosure: McLachlan reported income from the city of Danbury, the Harry McLachlan Trust and from his real-estate investment company, 3M3C, Inc. His wife, Alesia McLachlan, reported income from Bob's Discount Furniture. They own a home in Danbury and an investment property in Sayre, Oklahoma.
They own several mutual funds and stock in Walmart.
He voluntarily disclosed a debt of at least $10,000 to Citibank.
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.
Bethel! Danbury! New Fairfield! Sherman
Western Connecticut State University
Government Administration and Elections (ranking member)! Judiciary! Legislative Management! Transportation
McLachlan has been a consistent conservative vote on fiscal and social issues. He voted against abolishing the death penalty, same-sex marriage and expanded insurance coverage.McLachlan was the chief of staff for Mayor Mark Boughton of Danbury from 2001 until he took office in 2009. He is a former chairman of the Republican town committee in Danbury. He was a visible backer of Boughton' run for governor in 2010.Personal: McLachlan is married to ALesia McLachlan and lives in Danbury.
McLachlan won an open seat in 2008, succeeding Republican David Cappiello, who ran for Congress.
Michael A. McLachlan! Alice M.Hutchinson! Michael A. McLachlan! Alice M. Hutchinson