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Terry Backer

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Terry Backer
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Connecticut House of Representatives, District 121
Incumbent
In office
1993 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Place of birthStamford, CT
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Terry Backer is a Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 121. He was first elected to the chamber in 1992. He is Assistant Majority Leader.

Biography

Backer's professional experience includes working as a Long Island Soundkeeper, Executive Director of Soundkeeper Incorporated, and a Licensed Master with the United States Coast Guard.

He is Vice President of the Waterkeeper Alliance, and a member of the Long Island Sound Advisory Council, and Local Shellfish Commission of the Town of Stratford.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy and Technology
Environment

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

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 Terry Backer is unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Richard Fredete is unopposed in the Republican primary.[2]

2012

See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

Backers ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 121. Backer ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Joe Crudo (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 121, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Backer Incumbent 72.6% 5,919
     Republican Joe Crudo 27.4% 2,231
Total Votes 8,150

2010

See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Backer ran for re-election to the 121st District seat in 2010. He defeated Casmir A. Mizera (R) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 121 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Terry Backer (D) 4,663
Casmir A. Mizera (R) 2,042

2008

On November 4, 2008, Backer won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Connecticut's 121st District. Backer ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 7,322 votes.[6] Backer raised $31,907 for his campaign.[7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Backer is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Backer raised a total of $190,715 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[8]

Terry Backer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut State House, District 121 Won $32,025
2010 Connecticut State House, District 121 Won $31,095
2008 Connecticut State House, District 121 Won $31,907
2006 Connecticut State House, District 121 Won $17,870
2004 Connecticut State House, District 121 Won $21,779
2002 Connecticut State House, District 121 Won $22,965
2000 Connecticut State House, District 121 Won $14,490
1998 Connecticut State House, District 121 Won $18,584
Grand Total Raised $190,715

2012

Backer won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Backer raised a total of $32,025.
Connecticut House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Terry Backer's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$26,840
Frankel, Robert F.$100
Buturla, Richard J.$100
Buturla, Maria C.$100
Philips, Stephanie$100
Total Raised in 2012$32,025
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Backer raised $31,095 in contributions.[9]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $25,785 to his campaign.

2008

Listed below are the two largest contributors to Terry Backer's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $24,860
Public Fund $1,807

Scorecards

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2014

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

2012

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]

2012

Backer 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 3 lower than his score of 3 for the 2009-10 term.[12]

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Connecticut State House District 121
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