Len Fasano

Position
State Senator and Senate Republican President Pro Tem
District
34th District: Durham, East Haven, North Haven, Wallingford
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Committees
Legislative Management (ranking member); Executive and Legislative Nominations; Internship; Planning and Development
Previous Positions
Fire commissioner, East Haven; founder, East Haven Land Trust
Education
B.S., Yale University; J.D., Quinnipiac University; L.L.M., Boston University
Occupation
Attorney and partner, Fasano, Ippolito & Lee of New Haven.
Public Financing
No
Len Fasano nearly didn't run for re-election in 2014, but reconsidered and came back to succeed his friend, John P. McKInney, as leader of the Senate Republican minority. With a campaign focused on exploiting voter dissatisfaction with the state's economy, the GOP picked up three Senate seats in 2016 to produce an 18-18 tie for the 2017 session. A key question for Fasano: How much of a role will his caucus play in negotiating a difficult budget likely to carry political risk?

As the result of negotiations with Democrats, his title now is Senate Republican president pro tem.

Fasano is a moderate who can throw a rhetorical punch, but he also has a record of reaching across the aisle to help craft bipartisan compromises, such as family-court reforms that passed unanimously in 2014.

Fasano is among the Republicans who have tried to broaden the GOP's appeal. He hired a staff aide to work on urban issues, and he played a role in taking down the temperature on the debate in 2015 around Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's "Second Chance Society" initiative, which reduced penalties for simple drug possession as part of a larger effort to lower incarceration rates. With every other member of the GOP caucus, he joined the Democratic majority the same year in passing "An Act Concerning Excessive Use of Force," which encourages minority hiring and the use of body cameras by police.

In 2008, Fasano was one of only two Senate Republicans to vote for a bill to require private employers to offer paid sick days, a vote that earned him the cross-endorsement of the Working Families Party later that year. Fasano returned to the GOP fold on another labor bill a month later, voting against a minimum wage increase that became law over Gov. M. Jodi Rell's veto. Fasano voted against a paid sick days bill that became law in 2011 after Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy took office.

In 2007, Fasano voted against a medical marijuana bill. He supported requiring hospitals to offer emergency contraceptives to rape victims. He voted in 2011 and 2012 against two bills that became law with Malloy's support: the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana and the legalization of the production and sale of marijuana for limited medical uses.

While he voted in 2007 against legislation to require gun owners to report stolen firearms, Fasano was one of six Republicans in the Senate to vote in 2013 for the post-Newtown gun law, which banned the sale of the AR-15 and other military-style weapons, banned the sale of large-capacity magazines and broadened background checks for the purchase of firearms and ammunition.

Fasano, who was a football player at Yale, as was his physician father, is an attorney in private practice and the owner of Silver Sands Beach and Tennis Club, a childhood haunt in East Haven that he purchased in 1995 after a developer proposed using the site for condominiums. It reopened after sustaining major damage from Tropic Storm Irene.

He lives in North Haven with his wife, Jill. They have three children: Kristen, Robert and Karla.
Election history
Fasano unseated Democrat Brian McDermott in 2002, despite efforts in that year's redistricting plan to make the seat even safer for a Democrat. The seat now seems to be Fasano's for as long as he wants it.
Most recent election
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Financial disclosure
In a Statement of Financial Interest filed in 2014, Fasano reported income from his law practice, real-estate investments and the beach club. He owned no securities with a value of more than $5,000.
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