Andrew M. Fleischmann

Position
State Representative
District
18th District: West Hartford
Social media
Committees
Education (Chair), Appropriations, Internship
Previous Positions
None
Education
A.B., Princeton University; M.A., Stanford University
Occupation
Chief executive officer, Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters
Public Financing
Yes
Andy Fleischmann is a member of a West Hartford delegation that zealously protects the town's share of state education aid, a task easier in the days when the town was represented in the Senate by Kevin Sullivan, who was the top Senate leader. Education has been a key focus for Fleischmann, who is co-chairman of the legislature's Education Committee. He played a role in negotiating changes in an ambitious education reform bill proposed in 2012 by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

In 2009, Fleischmann publicly ripped the insurance industry, recounting his difficulties getting treatment for cancer. Fleischmannn finished his chemotherapy in late 2009 and pronounced himself ready for another legislative session — and another campaign season. He never has hid his ambition to move up in politics, floating his name for secretary of the state four years ago when it appeared that Susan Bysiewicz would run for governor, not re-election. In 2010, he lost a close race in the Democratic caucus for House majority leader.

His legislative interests run from education policy to the more whimsical. He was the author of a bill that would have required movie theaters to hew to published starting times. The bill went nowhere, but it got national play in the press.

He and his wife, Caroline Shaffery, live in West Hartford with their two children.
Election history
Fleischmann won an open seat in 1994, succeeding Democrat Miles S. Rapoport, who was elected secretary of the state. Fleischmann won the nomination in a wild, six-way primary. His subsequent elections have held little drama.
Most recent election
Andrew M Fleischmann D 7474
Robert Levine R 3733
Robert Levine I 319
Financial disclosure
In his Statement of Financial Interest filed in 2014, Fleischmann reported outside income from his job as chief executive of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters. He had eight mutual-fund investments worth at least $5,000, the reporting threshold.
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