District profile:
More than the rest of Connecticut, the 4th is oriented to New York, and its residents' political attitudes are shaped by what is happening in the Big Apple as much as in Hartford.
2004 results: Christopher Shays (R) defeated Diane Farrell (D) by 52-48%


Elected in 1987; seeking 10th full term. Shays ran unopposed in the primary.

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  • Born: Oct. 18, 1945; Darien
  • Family: Married (Betsi); one child
  • Education: New York University, M.P.A. 1978; M.B.A., 1974; Principia College, B.A., 1968
  • Professional: Aide, Trumbull mayor, 1971-72; Peace Corps, Fiji, 1968-70
  • Military: None


Farrell, a Westport selectwoman, ran unopposed in the primary.

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  • Born: Aug. 10, 1955; New Rochelle, N.Y.
  • Family: Married (Winslow); two children
  • Education: Wheaton College, B.A., 1977
    Professional: Account executive, J. Walter Thompson advertising; media planner, Benton & Bowles Inc.; preschool teacher
  • Military: None


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