Edward Meyer

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Edward Meyer
Connecticut State Senate District 12
In office
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 9
Assistant Majority Leader, Connecticut State Senate
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2004
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly
Bachelor'sYale University (1957)
J.D.Yale University (1961)
BirthdayApril 15, 1935
Place of birthNew York, NY
Office website
Edward Meyer (b. April 15, 1935) is a Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004. He is currently Senate Assistant Majority Leader.

Meyer was an Assemblyman in the New York State Assembly from 1971 to 1975. He was on the New York State Board of Regents from 1977 to 2000. In 2000 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He has been a member of the Guilford Democratic Committee since 2001.

Meyer earned his B.A. from Yale University in 1957. He went on to receive his Tripos from Cambridge University in 1958. He then earned his J.D. from Yale Law University in 1961.

Meyer was an Associate for Davis Polk and Wardwell from 1961 to 1964. He then worked as an Assistant United States Prosecutor for the United States Department of Justice from 1964 to 1968. He also worked as Partner for Spengler Carlson from 1968 to 1988. From 1988 to 2004 he was Partner for Meyer, Taub, and Wild.

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment, Chair
Government Administration and Elections, Vice Chair


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


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



See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Meyer ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 12. Meyer ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Cindy Cartier (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

Connecticut State Senate, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEdward Meyer Incumbent 53.2% 25,888
     Republican Cindy Cartier 46.8% 22,736
Total Votes 48,624


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Meyer ran for re-election to the 12th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Lisa Davenport (R) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 12 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Edward Meyer (D) 21,311
Lisa Davenport (R) 19,567


On November 4, 2008, Meyer won re-election to the 12th District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate, defeating Ryan Suerth (R).[4]

Connecticut State Senate, District 12 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Edward Meyer (D) 30,565
Ryan Suerth (R) 20,430

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Meyer is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Meyer raised a total of $625,980 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[5]

Edward Meyer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut State Senate, District 12 Won $105,383
2010 Connecticut State Senate, District 12 Won $105,064
2008 Connecticut State Senate, District 12 Won $101,031
2006 Connecticut State Senate, District 12 Won $120,332
2004 Connecticut State Senate, District 12 Won $194,170
Grand Total Raised $625,980


Meyer won re-election to the Connecticut State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Meyer raised a total of $105,383.
Connecticut State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Edward Meyer's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$89,683
Mayer, Rick$200
Loeb, Rhoda$100
Brown, Howard J$100
Meyer, Linda$100
Total Raised in 2012$105,383
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Meyer raised $105,064 in contributions.[6]

His two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $86,621
Democratic Senate Majority PAC Of Connecticut $1,500


In 2008, Meyer collected $101,031 in donations.[7]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $84,500
Edward Meyer $500
Frank Carrano $100
Mark Simon $100
Leonard Farber $100


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Connecticut

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


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]


Meyer received a score of 1 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied for the 17th highest score among the 36 scored members of the Connecticut Senate. This score was 1 lower than his score of 2 for the 2009-10 term.[10]

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Meyer and his wife, Patty Ann, have six children.

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