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Ernest Hewett
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Connecticut House of Representatives, District 39
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 9
Deputy speaker
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Ernest Hewett is a Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 39. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.


Hewett's professional experience includes working as a welder for Electric Boat General Dynamics.

He served on the New London City Council from 1996-2002, as Deputy Mayor from 1999-2000, and Mayor from 2000-2001.

Hewett is a member of the New London Democratic Town Committee, New London Neighborhood Alliance, New London Youth Organization Board, and Chair of the Town Hill Neighborhood Association.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Legislative Management


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


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



See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Connecticut House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 12, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 10, 2014. Incumbent Ernest Hewett is unopposed in the Democratic primary.[2]


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hewett ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 39. Hewett ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Daniel Docker (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4] [5]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngErnest Hewett Incumbent 82.9% 4,565
     Republican Daniel Docker 17.1% 941
Total Votes 5,506


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hewett ran for re-election to the 39th District seat in 2010. He defeated Andrew R. Lockwood (R) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 39 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ernest Hewett (D) 2,387
Andrew R. Lockwood (R) 1,070


On November 4, 2008, Hewett won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Connecticut's 39th District, defeating Jason Catala (R) and Kenric Hanson (G). Hewett received 4,542 votes in the election while Catala received 1,109 votes, and Hanson received 529 votes.[6] Hewett raised $2,706 for his campaign; Kenric raised $368.[7]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 39
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ernest Hewett (D and WF) 4,542
Jason Catala (R) 1,109
Kenric Hanson (G) 529

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hewett is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Hewett raised a total of $102,133 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[8]

Ernest Hewett's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut State House, District 39 Won $32,075
2010 Connecticut State House, District 39 Won $32,332
2008 Connecticut State House, District 39 Won $2,706
2006 Connecticut State House, District 39 Won $8,880
2004 Connecticut State House, District 39 Won $26,140
Grand Total Raised $102,133


Hewett won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hewett raised a total of $32,075.
Connecticut House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ernest Hewett's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$26,535
Bochain, Kip$100
Cornigh, Rod$100
Willie, Hewett$100
Capano, Jean M$100
Total Raised in 2012$32,075
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Hewett raised $32,332 in contributions.[9]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $25,230 to his campaign.


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

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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In 2014, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 5 to May 7.[10]


In 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 8 to May 9.[11]

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.[12]


Hewett received a score of 0 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied with 72 lowest for the lowest score among the 152 scored members of the Connecticut House of Representatives. This score was 2 lower than his score of 2 for the 2009-10 term.[12]


Lewd comment

During a hearing of the Appropriations Committee on February 20, 2013, a high school student testifying about the Connecticut Science Center mentioned that her involvement with the Center had helped her overcome her shyness and fear of snakes. When recognized by the chair during the committee's time for questions, Hewett laughingly told the 17-year-old girl, "If you’re bashful, I got a snake sitting under my desk here."[13] Audio from the hearing is available here.

Once publicized, Hewett's comment was widely interpreted as lewd, and he apologized on February 28. "What I meant to say was, 'If you are shy then I have an acre of land in the Everglades,'" Hewett later told the media. Hewett was removed from his position as deputy speaker, losing its $6,446 salary, and was required to address a meeting of Democratic female legislators about the matter. A spokesman for the Democratic caucus also stated that all legislators who had not recently undergone sexual harassment training would be required to take a refresher course.[14] On March 1, Hewett refused to resign from the legislature, pointing to his removal as deputy speaker as sufficient punishment.[15] The Hartford Courant reported that two legislators "suggested that he ha[d] exhibited inappropriate behavior in the past." Hewett denied such allegations and stated he only wanted to hire male interns. "That may sound sexist, but I really don’t. That way, that keeps me good, and that keeps everybody else good," he said. After Hewett rebuffed earlier Republican calls to step down, Connecticut Republican Party chairman Jerry Labriola, Jr., launched an online petition calling for the lawmaker's resignation.[16] The petition, available here, had received 1,798 signatures as of March 5.

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