Arthur J. O'Neill

Position
State Representative
District
69th District: Bridgewater, Roxbury, Southbury, Washington
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Committees
Appropriations, Judiciary, Legislative Management, Regulation Review
Previous Positions
Shepaug River Task Force, Southbury Training School Task Force, Southbury Charter Revision Commission, Pomperaug Valley Water Authority and Southbury Republican Town Committee.
Education
B.A., University of Connecticut; J.D., Rutgers University
Occupation
Attorney
Public Financing
No
Art O'Neill, a deputy minority leader, is the longest-serving Republican in the House of Representatives. He arrived in Hartford in 1988 for the last two-plus years of the 10-year administration of Democratic Gov. William A. O'Neill, the first of Connecticut's five governors during Art O'Neill's tenure. In 1991, he cast a vote against the budget that implemented the state's first broad-based income tax.

In 2001, he was chosen by Republican Gov. John G. Rowland to help settle how legislative districts would be redrawn to reflect the 2000 census. In 2004, he was given an even more sensitive assignment: The House GOP leadership named him co-chairman of the bipartisan Select Committee of Inquiry, which conducted Connecticut's first impeachment inquiry into the actions of a governor — Rowland. Its investigation ended with Rowland's resignation.

Since 1993, O'Neill has been chairman of the Law Revision Commission, a panel whose responsibilities include scouring the general statutes for obsolete laws. The legislature repealed hundreds of laws at the commission's suggestion in 2002, and O'Neill points out that was the only year when the General Assembly repealed more laws than it passed.

O'Neill briefly explored running for the open seat for attorney general in 2010.

After failing to obtain separate votes on various sections of the gun control bill proposed in response to the Newtown school shooting, O'Neill joined 19 other House Republicans and 85 House Democrats in voting to pass the bill in 2013. O'Neill voted against the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana in 2011 and repeal of the death penalty and legalization of cannabis for medical uses in 2012. With every House Republican, he opposed minimum-wage increases in 2013 and 2014.

He and his wife, Ruby, a retired college professor, live in Southbury.
Election history
O'Neill won the seat in a special election in 1988.
Most recent election
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Financial disclosure
In a Statement of Financial Interest filed in 2014, O'Neill reported outside wages from his solo law practice. He and his wife reported investments in bonds and mutual funds.
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