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Birthdate: March 29, 1960
Birth Place: Torrington, CT, United States
Residence: Goshen, CT
Andrew Roraback was born in Torrington, Conn. and raised in Litchfield County. He currently lives in Goshen. He earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1983 and a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1987.
Five generations of Roraback's family have lived in Litchfield County. An attorney, Roraback works with his father, brother and sister at the family law firm of Roraback and Roraback, which was started in Torrington by his great-grandfather in 1883.
Roraback served in the state House of Representatives from 1995 to 2000 and in the state Senate from 2001 until 2012, when he decided to run for the 5th Congressional District seat.
In the 17 years he has served in the Connecticut General Assembly, Roraback has never missed a roll call vote, casting 8,468 consecutive votes. In 2012, he was the only one out of 187 state legislators who could claim that record.
Roraback and his wife, Kara, have a son.
Andrew Roraback announced in October 2011 he would not seek re-election to the Connecticut state Senate and instead run for the state's 5th Congressional District seat, which was being vacated by Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy. Murphy is running for the U.S. Senate.
Roraback, who is considered a moderate Republican, won his party's endorsement at the convention and later a four-way Republican primary.
He served in the state House from 1995 to 2000 and in the state Senate from 2001 until 2012. He was the Senate's ranking member of the General Assembly's Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. He opposed Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal to raise taxes by $2.6 billion over two years to help cover the state's budget deficit.
In his role on the tax-writing committee, Roraback also sat on the State Bond Commission, which is chaired by the governor, and has consistently voted against borrowing money to pay for what he considers non-essential pet projects, including in his own district.
Roraback has long been an opponent of the death penalty. But in 2011, he agreed with Dr. William Petit, the sole survivor of a deadly home invasion in Cheshire that left his wife and two daughters dead, that repealing the death penalty that year could affect the sentencing of one of the killers. In 2012, in the middle of a heated Republican primary, Roraback voted against repeal legislation because an amendment he proposed to the bill that would repeal an early release program for criminals who demonstrate good behavior did not pass. The underlying bill that repealed the death penalty for future crimes passed the General Assembly and was signed into law by Malloy.
Roraback has been active in environmental issues, including protecting more open space in Connecticut. He supports charter schools and rewarding teachers "who go above and beyond."
In 2007, Roraback was appointed co-chairman of a bipartisan state Senate committee charged with deciding whether to recommend that the full Senate reprimand, censure, expel or take no action against former state Senate Minority Leader Louis DeLuca. The Woodbury Republican had pleaded guilty to asking a trash hauler James Galante, who has reputed ties to the mob, to threaten his granddaughter's husband because he believed the man was abusive to his granddaughter.
DeLuca eventually resigned minutes before the Senate was expected to grant subpoena powers to Roraback's bipartisan panel and that it had become clear some members were leaning toward expelling the veteran lawmaker. Roraback said the bipartisan committee "established a standard which, in the future, will help provide guidance should, sadly, we find ourselves in the position that one of our colleagues admits to having broken the law."
Source: Associated Press
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