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Denise Merrill
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Connecticut Secretary of State
Incumbent
In office
January 5, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorSusan Bysiewicz (D)
Compensation
Base salary$110,000
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,252,864
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut House of Representatives
1993-2010
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Connecticut (1988)
OtherAttended San Francisco Law School (1974-75)
Personal
BirthdayOctober 8, 1948
Place of birthSan Mateo, California
Websites
Office website
Denise W. Merrill (born October 8, 1948 in San Mateo, California) is the current Democratic Connecticut Secretary of State. Prior to this, she was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives. She represented the state's fifty-fourth house district, a position to which she was first elected in 1992. She was also the State House Majority Leader for a year starting in 2009.[1]

Biography

Merrill has served in the following roles:

  • Member, California State Bar Association (1978-present)
  • Member, International Services Committee of the American Red Cross (1987-1991)
  • Member, Connecticut League of Women Voters (1988-present)
  • Member, League of Women Voters of Mansfield (1988-present)
  • Co-President, Annie Vinton Parent Teacher Association (1991)
  • Secretary/State Board Member, League of Women Voters of Connecticut (1992-1993)
  • Member, Connecticut Council on Social Studies (1984-1994)
  • Board Member, Northeast Connecticut Council on Substance Abuse (1993-1995)
  • Flemming Fellow, Center for Policy Alternatives (1995)
  • Board Member, Connecticut Economic Conference (1997-2001)
  • Alumni Board Member, University of Connecticut (1999-present)
  • Co-Chair, Women's Campaign School at Yale University (2000-2002)
  • Board Member, University of Connecticut Alumni Association (2000-present)
  • Member, Birth to Three Council (2004)
  • Executive Committee Member, National Conference of State Legislators (2006-present)
  • Active Member/Supporter, Connecticut National Abortion Rights Action League
  • Board Member, Northeast Connecticut Council on Substance Abuse
  • Board Member, Northeast Regional Transit Alliance
  • Board Member, Wake Forest University Law School
  • Education Committee Member, National Conference of State Legislators
  • Member, Common Cause
  • Member, Community Foundation of Greater Windham County
  • Member, Connecticut Birth to Three Program Coordinating Council
  • Member, Connecticut Citizen Action Group
  • Member, Connecticut Civil Liberties Union
  • Member, Connecticut Fund for the Environment
  • Member, Learning Through English and Art Project
  • Member, National Council for Advancement of Citizenship
  • Member, Northeast Citizens Against Substance Abuse
  • Member, Related Education Center for Research and Development
  • Member, Sierra Club
  • Volunteer, Community School for Arts
  • Volunteer, Greater Mansfield Council for Arts

Education

  • Attended San Francisco Law School (1974-75)
  • Bachelor's degree, University of Connecticut (1988)[1]

Political career

Connecticut Secretary of State (2010-Present)

Merrill has served as the Secretary of State of Connecticut since 2010.[1]

Ability to print extra ballots

Following her election as Secretary of State in November 2010, Gibson requested that the state legislature pass legislation authorizing her office to print extra ballots if they believe that local election officials have failed to print sufficient ballots. This initiative was in response to what happened on November 2, 2010, when Bridgeport ran out of ballots because they had not ordered enough. To serve the extra voters, ballots were photocopied; these copies had to eventually be recounted and as a result, the final verdict on the state's gubernatorial election was delayed for days.[2][2]

Connecticut House of Representatives (1992-2010)

Merrill was a representative in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1992 to 2010.[1] She was the Majority Leader from 2008 to 2010.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Connecticut secretary of state election, 2014

Merrill is eligible to run for re-election in 2014.

2010

See also: Connecticut Secretary of State election, 2010
2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary [4]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Denise Merrill 62.9%
     Democratic Party Gerry Garcia 37.1%
Total Votes 169,981
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2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Denise Merrill 52.9%
     Republican Party Jerry Farrell 43.8%
     Independent Michael J. Telesca 1.3%
     Green Party S. Michael DeRosa 1.2%
     Libertarian Party Ken Mosher 0.8%
Total Votes 1,105,203

2008

2006

2004

2002

2002 Race for State House, District 54 - General Election [9]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Denise Merrill 54.4%
     Republican Party John B. Thacher, III 45.6%
Total Votes 5,145

2000

1998

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Merrill is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Merrill raised a total of $1,252,864 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[12]

Denise Merrill's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 Connecticut Secretary of State Won $1,215,221
2008 Connecticut State House District 54 Won $6,247
2006 Connecticut State House District 54 Won $8,094
2004 Connecticut State House District 54 Won $7,040
2002 Connecticut State House District 54 Won $10,887
2000 Connecticut State House District 54 Won $3,875
1998 Connecticut State House District 54 Won $1,500
Grand Total Raised $1,252,864

2006, 2008, 2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Denise Merrill's donors each year.[13] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Merrill received the Environmental Champion Award (2009) from the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters.[14]

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Contact Information

Capitol Address:
Office of Secretary of State
210 Capitol Avenue, Suite 104
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 509-6200
Fax: (860) 509-6209
E-mail: susan.bysiewicz@po.state.ct.us

Connecticut

Mailing Address:
Secretary of State
ATTN: Capitol Office
Post Office Box 150470
Hartford, CT 06115-0470

See also

External links

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Connecticut State House - District 54
1993–2010
Succeeded by
Gregory Haddad (D)
Preceded by
Susan Bysiewicz (D)
Connecticut Secretary of State
2010–present
Succeeded by
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