Matthew Ritter

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Matthew Ritter
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Connecticut House of Representatives, District 1
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sColby College
J.D.University of Connecticut School of Law, 2007
Office website
Matthew Ritter is a Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Ritter formerly served on the Hartford City Council as chair of the planning and economic development committee and chair of the legislative affairs committee of the Hartford City Council.


Ritter earned his B.A. in Government from Colby College in 2004 and his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2007. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Planning and Development


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ritter 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 Matthew Ritter was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Kenneth Lerman was unopposed in the Republican primary. Ritter will face Lerman in the general election.[1]


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ritter ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 1. Ritter ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Kenneth Leman (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew D. Ritter Incumbent 93.6% 6,038
     Republican Kenneth B. Lerman 6.4% 413
Total Votes 6,451


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ritter faced incumbent Kenneth P. Green in the August 10 primary. He then defeated Republican Kenneth Lermon in the general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 1 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Matthew Ritter (D) 4,628
Kenneth Lermon (R) 398
Emanuel Lorenzo Blake (Ind) 56

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ritter is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Ritter raised a total of $91,041 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 16, 2013.[5]

Matthew Ritter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut State House, District 1 Won $35,767
2010 Connecticut State House, District 1 Won $55,274
Grand Total Raised $91,041


Ritter won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ritter raised a total of $35,767.
Connecticut House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Matthew Ritter's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$26,825
Rhea, Russell$125
Pavlick, Kyle$100
Bookwalter, Fredrika$100
Epstein, Angela$100
Total Raised in 2012$35,767
Source:Follow the Money


Ritter won election to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Ritter raised a total of $55,274.


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In 2014, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 5 to May 7.[6]


In 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 8 to May 9.[7]

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.[8]


Ritter received a score of 0 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied with 72 others for the lowest score among the 152 members of the Connecticut House of Representatives. He did not receive a score for the 2009-10 term because he was not yet in the legislature.[8]

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Ritter has a wife, Marilyn Katz.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kenneth P. Green
Connecticut House District 1
Succeeded by