STATE ELECTIONS ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION
ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
HARTFORD, CT—January 12, 2012. The State Elections Enforcement Commission announced
today the appointment of Sebastian N. Giuliano as its new Executive Director and General Counsel.
Sebastian Giuliano will serve as the Commission’s Executive Director and General Counsel, following the departure of Albert P. Lenge, who retired in September 2011. He will be the 6th person to hold the position since the agency was created in the early 1970’s. Prior to accepting the position, Giuliano, a life-long Connecticut resident, served three terms as Mayor of the City of Middletown.
Mr. Giuliano is a committed and dynamic leader and an experienced attorney, practicing law in
Connecticut for more than 20 years. After graduating from Boston College in 1975, he attended and graduated from Catholic University in 1978 with his law degree. He also attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Commissioner Stephen Cashman said, “In light of the challenges we face in the area of public campaign financing and agency consolidation issues, I have every confidence that Sebastian Giuliano possesses the knowledge and experience to lead the Commission, and I welcome him to his new position.” The Commission has been actively searching for the right candidate to fill the position, but Mr. Giuliano stood out from a crowded field of applicants. Commissioner Cashman added, “We believe he is the right guy for the job.”Mr. Giuliano takes the position at the beginning of an election year for the Connecticut General Assembly, the third such election where public financing from the Citizens’ Election Fund will be available. The Commission has also recently been merged into the Office of Governmental Accountability, though it remains a substantially independent watchdog agency. The Elections Commission is responsible for enforcing all election law in Connecticut as well as providing campaign finance advice and serving as the repository for all state-wide campaign finance reports and committee registrations. Since 2005, the Commission has been home to the Citizens’ Election Program, a groundbreaking effort to publically finance Connecticut campaigns and restore trust in the electoral process. It was created in the wake of years of scandal in Connecticut politics.
Mr. Giuliano’s appointment is effective January 20, 2012