John Shaban, Republican for 135th District

Incumbent John Shaban seeks a second term as state representative.

General Information

Name : John T.  Shaban
Date of birth : June 9, 1964
Place of residence : Redding CT



College : Univ. of Colorado at Boulder
Degree : BA
Year of graduation : 1988

Grad school


University : Pace University School of Law
Area of research : Environmental Law
Year of graduation : 1993

Employment Information

Job titles held : Litigation Partner
Employers : Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan

Political Information

Party affiliation : Republican
Running for a: State office
Running for position: State Rep 135
Chamber/district: 135
Incumbent: Yes
First elected: 09 November 2010
Previous elective offices : Vice Chairman - Redding Zoning Commission Chairman - Redding Water Pollution Control Commission
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : School Board 2002

Campaign Manager

Name : David Lewson


Website : www.shabanforstaterep.com

Other facts

John has been honored multiple times for his pro bono service and has served as a fact finder/arbitrator for the Connecticut Judicial Branch as a FINRA arbitrator. 

He is also the founder and president of Athletes in the Community, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on teaching children to transfer their athletic efforts toward improving their education and life skills.

John and his family have lived in Redding for almost twelve years.  His wife is a 20-plus year teacher, and their three sons attend Redding Elementary School, John Reed Middle School, and Joel Barlow High School.

John still serves as a coach and VP of Aspetuck Football, and coached the 2008 National Champion 7th grade team. Record and Platform Promoting Local Control and Local Interests.  

In just his first term, John championed and passed legislation that will:

  • Increase our towns; ability to control local land use and zoning.  
  • Protect our schools from forced regionalization while supporting state-wide education reform.
  • Increase local input over the placement of cell towers across the state.
  • Protect Meadow Ridge and similar retirement communities from financial mismanagement.

Fiscal Responsibility / Job Growth  

  • Proposed a balanced, no tax increase budget for 2011 and 2012.
  • Opposed the current state budget -- which raised taxes by nearly $2 billion, increased state spending, and adds to our growing deficit.  
  • Opposes the New Britain to Hartford Busway to nowhere that will cost taxpayers $60 million/mile to build, and lose over $10 million annually.  
  • Challenging the $300 million grant to Jackson Labs in return for 300 jobs in ten years.  
  • Supported the 2011 Jobs Bill that helps keep manufacturers and students in Connecticut.  
  • Proposed legislation to exempt social security benefits from state income tax. 


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