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District profile:
For many years, this was a politically marginal district. But as its politics trended Democratic, they grew more volatile, with substantial votes for Ross Perot and Ralph Nader. Full profile
2004 results: Republican Rob Simmons defeated Democrat Jim Sullivan 54 percent to 46 percent.

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ROB SIMMONS (R)

Elected in 2000; seeking a third term

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  • Born: Feb. 11, 1943; New York, N.Y.
  • Family: Married (Heidi Paffard); two children
  • Education: Harvard University, M.A., 1979; Haverford College, B.A., 1965
  • Professional: Lecturer/teaching assistant, 1985-95; staff director, Select Committee on Intelligence, 1981-85; Senate staff, 1979-81; CIA officer, 1969-79
  • Military: Army Reserves, 1969-2000; Army, 1965-69 (Vietnam)

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JOE COURTNEY(D)
Courtney, a former state representative, ran unopposed in the primary

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  • Born: April 6, 1953; Hartford, Conn.
  • Family: Married (Audrey); two children
  • Education: University of Connecticut, J.D., 1978; Tufts University, B.A., 1975
  • Professional: Attorney, Courtney, Boyan & Foran; Vernon town attorney
  • Military: None

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