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Beth Bye

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Beth Bye
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Connecticut State Senate District 5
In office
January 5, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Hampshire (1984)
Master'sUniversity of New Hampshire (1988)
ProfessionDirector, Early Childhood Education
Office website
Beth Bye is a Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 5. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Bye previously served in the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing the 19th District from 2007 to 2011. From 2000-2006 she served as Vice Chair on the West Hartford Board of Education.

Bye currently works as Director of Early Childhood Education for the Capital Region Education Council. She has previously been Director of the Saint Joseph College School for Young Children, Director of Trinity College Child Care Center, and Adjunct Professor of Education and Child Development at Trinity College/Saint Joseph College.

She is a member of the Discovery Committee, Hartford Area Child Care Collaborative Steering Committee, School Readiness Council, and the Universalist Church Capitol Campaign Committee.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Vice Chair
Higher Education and Employment Advancement, Chair


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



See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Bye ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 5. Bye ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. She also ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Connecticut State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Bye Incumbent 100% 34,542
Total Votes 34,542


Bye won election to the 5th District seat of the Connecticut State Senate in 2010. She defeated Republican Joseph Merritt in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 5 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Beth Bye (D) 25,085
Joseph Merritt (R) 15,183


On November 4, 2008, Bye won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Connecticut's 19th District, defeating Theresa McGrath (R). Bye received 8,457 votes in the election while McGrath received 4,936 votes.[5] Bye raised $30,208 for her campaign; McGrath raised $30,268.[6]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 19
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Beth Bye (D) 8,457
Theresa McGrath (R) 4,936

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bye is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Bye raised a total of $289,730 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[7]

Beth Bye's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut State Senate, District 5 Won $108,856
2010 Connecticut State Senate, District 5 Won $94,308
2008 Connecticut State House, District 19 Won $30,208
2006 Connecticut State House, District 19 Won $56,358
Grand Total Raised $289,730


Bye won re-election to the Connecticut State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Bye raised a total of $108,856.


In 2010, Bye raised $107,264 in contributions.[8]

Her largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $88,059 to her campaign.


Listed below is the largest contributor to Beth Bye's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $25,000

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Bye has a civil union with Tracey Wilson. They have two children and two stepchildren.


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.[9]


Bye 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. She did not receive a score for the 2009-10 term because she was not yet in the legislature.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jonathan Harris
Connecticut State Senate District 5
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Connecticut State House District 19
Succeeded by
Brian Becker