Birthdate: May 7, 1967
Birth Place: Silver Spring, MD, United States
Residence: Westport, CT
Religion: Catholic
Gender: Male



Steve Obsitnik was born in Silver Spring, Md., and lives in Westport, Conn. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Obsitnik, who grew up in Stamford, had a five-year career in the U.S. Navy, primarily serving as a lieutenant on the USS Ray nuclear attack submarine. He was awarded eight medals during deployments to the Arctic Circle, Atlantic and Mediterranean, according to his website.

Over the past 20 years, Obsitnik has worked in the technology industry as a business executive in the Silicon Valley and Connecticut. Most recently, Obsitnik has been the CEO of Quintel, a provider of wireless infrastructure to mobile operators with operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

He is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Sacred Heart University.

Obsitnik and his wife, Suzanne, have two daughters.


Steve Obsitnik, a Republican, is challenging incumbent Rep. Jim Himes in Connecticut's 4th Congressional District in the November 2012 general election.

The 4th District, traditionally a hotly contested seat, includes wealthy Fairfield County towns as well as heavily impoverished Bridgeport, Connecticut's largest city. By the end of June 2012, Himes had raised $2.25 million, more than double the $863,000 raised by Obsitnik.

Obsitnik has said President Barack Obama's proposal to raise taxes on those with incomes above $250,000 would hurt small business owners who create jobs.

"We need an insurance on job growth," Obsitnik said during the campaign. "Now is not the time to play with the jobs growth engine."

Obsitnik has focused his campaign on high unemployment, arguing that uncertainty over the tax rates, health care costs and other issues has hurt the economy.

When Mitt Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate, Obsitnik said the former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential nominee drew "the starkest of contrasts" between himself and President Obama.

"This election may come down to a single issue: "Should the federal government continue down its present path of fiscal irresponsibility, or has the time come to get our financial house in order?" Obsitnik said.

Obsitnik favors replacing the 2010 health care reform law with a market-based approach. Straying from party lines, he is pro-abortion rights and supports education efforts to reduce unplanned pregnancy.

Source: Associated Press

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