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Melissa Riley
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Connecticut House of Representatives, District 46
Former member
In office
2003 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sKenyon College
J.D.Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Melissa Riley is a former Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 46 from 2003 to 2013.


Riley's professional experience includes working as an Attorney with Embry and Neusner.

She is a Corporator with the William W. Backus Hospital of the Advisory Council of the Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut, mentor with Big Brother/Big Sister and a volunteer with the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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



Riley did not run for re-election in 2012.[2]


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Riley ran for re-election to the 46th District seat in 2010. She defeated Bill Nash (R) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 46 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Melissa Riley (D) 2,956
Bill Nash (R) 1,772


On November 4, 2008, Riley won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Connecticut's 46th District. Riley ran unopposed in the general election, and she received 6,292 votes.[3] Riley raised $2,624 for her campaign.[4]

Campaign donors


In 2010, Riley raised $6,676 in contributions.[5]

No contributions to her campaign were for $1,000 or more.


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.[6]


Riley 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 scored members of the Connecticut House of Representatives. This score was 2 lower than her score of 2 for the 2009-10 term.[6]

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Preceded by
Connecticut State House District 46
Succeeded by
Emmett D. Riley (D)