Donald Williams

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Donald Williams
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Connecticut State Senate District 29
Incumbent
In office
1993-Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Connecticut State Senate President Pro Tempore
2004-Present
Compensation
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 1992
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSyracuse University (1980)
J.D.Washington and Lee University School of Law (1986)
Personal
BirthdayJuly 1, 1957
Place of birthCincinnati, Ohio
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Donald E. Williams, Jr. (b. July 1, 1957) is a Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber in 1992. In 1997 he served as Senate Assistant Minority Leader. He then served as Deputy President Pro Tempore/Majority Caucus Chair from 2002 to 2004. He has been Senate President Pro Tempore since 2004.

Williams was Chief Executive Officer for the Town of Thompson. He was also First Selectman for the Town of Thompson from 1987 to 1991.

Williams earned his B.S. from Syracuse University in 1980. He went on to receive his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1986.

Williams was a Law Review Research Editor for Washington and Lee University School of Law. He has also worked as an attorney for Boland, Saint Onge and Brouillard. He was a News and Public Affairs Director for WINY Radio from 1980 to 1983.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Williams served on the following committees:

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Executive and Legislative Nominations, Vice Chair
Legislative Management, Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Williams served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Williams served on these committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Williams ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 29. Williams ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Sally White (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

Connecticut State Senate, District 29, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonald E. Williams Incumbent 62.4% 21,567
     Republican Sally White 37.6% 13,007
Total Votes 34,574

2010

See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Williams ran for re-election to the 29th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the primary or general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 29 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Donald Williams (D) 17,241
John Hallbergh (Ind) 4,351

2008

On November 4, 2008, Williams won re-election to the 29th District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate, defeating Harry Carboni (R).[4]

Connecticut State Senate, District 29 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Donald Williams (D) 25,544
Harry Carboni (R) 9,163

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Williams is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Williams raised a total of $626,109 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[5]

Donald Williams's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut State Senate, District 29 Won $106,988
2010 Connecticut State Senate, District 29 Won $73,866
2008 Connecticut State Senate, District 29 Won $96,324
2006 Connecticut State Senate, District 29 Won $63,840
2004 Connecticut State Senate, District 29 Won $42,765
2002 Connecticut State Senate, District 29 Won $24,525
2000 Connecticut State Senate, District 29 Won $39,642
1998 Connecticut State Senate, District 29 Won $123,421
1996 Connecticut State Senate, District 29 Won $54,738
Grand Total Raised $626,109

2012

Williams won re-election to the Connecticut State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Williams raised a total of $106,988.
Connecticut State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Donald Williams's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$91,290
Kelly Jr, Peter G$153
Salorio, David$100
Loomis, Richard$100
Choi, Suzanne$100
Total Raised in 2012$106,988
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Williams raised $73,866 in contributions.[6]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $58,053 to his campaign.

2008

In 2008, Williams collected $96,324 in donations.[7]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $84,122
Windham Town Democratic Committee $1,147
Susan Boland $500
Senate Democrats Victory PAC $301
Franklin Newth $300

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 5 to May 7.[8]

2012

In 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 8 to May 9.[9]

Yankee Institute's Voter Guide

See also: Yankee Institute's Voter Guide

The Yankee Institute, a pro-market think tank, releases its Voter Guide after each two-year legislative term. Each member of the Connecticut General Assembly receives a score from 0 to 10 based on how he or she voted in ten key votes. The Institute selects key votes which "reveal the differences between those legislators that would harness the power of individual liberty and the market to improve lives, and those that prefer a centrally-planned approach." A legislator with a 10 voted in agreement with the Yankee Institute on all 10 votes, while a legislator with a 0 voted against the Yankee Institute's views or was absent for all 10 votes.[10]

2012

Williams received a score of 0 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied with 15 others for the lowest score among the 36 scored members of the Connecticut Senate. This score was 2 lower than his score of 2 for the 2009-10 term.[10]

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Personal

Williams and his wife, Laura, have one child.

See also

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Connecticut State Senate - District 29
1993–present
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