Bob Duff

Position
State Senator, Senate Majority Leader
District
25th District: Darien, Norwalk
Social media
Committees
Executive and Legislative Nominations (co-chair), Legislative Management (vice-chair)
Previous Positions
House of Representatives
Education
B.A., Lynchburg College
Occupation
Realtor
Public Financing
Yes
Bob Duff, a Democrat, began the 2015 session as the new Senate majority leader. He will keep the title in 2017 only by virtue of a deal with Republicans, since the chamber is evenly divided. Democrats do retain a working majority through the ability of Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, a Democrat, to break tie votes.

Duff is one of the downstate Democrats who occasionally broke with the Democratic majority on budget and tax issues as a rank-and-file lawmaker. He voted against the Democratic budget in June 2009 and missed a vote on a Democratic deficit-reduction plan in May 2009, but he voted in 2011 for Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's first-year budget, which included a $1.5 billion tax increase.

He voted vote against a medical marijuana bill in 2007, but joined other Democrats in passing a similar bill in 2012. During Malloy's first term, he also voted to repeal the death penalty, decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana and increase the minimum wage, which increased to $9.15 on Jan. 1, 2015, and will reach $10.10 on Jan. 1, 2017.

He was one of four Democrats in the Senate who refused to vote for a Malloy priority: Passage of the first-in-the-nation state law mandating that certain private employers offer paid sick days.

As the co-chair of the Energy and Technology Committee, Duff played a role in passage of consumer protections in 2014 that addressed a major source of constituent complaints, especially from the elderly: aggressive marketing by electric suppliers, some of whom entice customers with low teaser rates that jump with little warning. Consumer groups complained the bill did not go far enough.

Near the start of the 2016 session, Duff put his weight behind passage of a bill sought by Tesla, the manufacturer of electric cars, to allow it to make direct sales to consumers in Connecticut. The legislation was passed by the House in 2015, but never was taken up by the Senate that year. Despite Duff signing on as a sponsor, the bill didn't progress in 2016, either.

Duff lives in Norwalk with his wife, Tracey, and their two sons.
Election history
Duff won an open Senate seat in 2004, succeeding Republican Robert Genuario. He previously won two elections to the House, beginning with a special election in 2002.
Most recent election
Bob Duff D 26509
Gregory Ehlers R 16632
Gregory Ehlers WF 941
Financial disclosure
In a Statement of Financial Interest filed in 2014, Duff reported outside income as a real estate agent. He and his wife reported investments in numerous mutual funds.
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