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Donald Williams
Connecticut State Senate District 29
In office
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 22
Connecticut State Senate President Pro Tempore
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSyracuse University (1980)
J.D.Washington and Lee University School of Law (1986)
Date of birthJuly 1, 1957
Place of birthCincinnati, Ohio
Office website
Donald E. Williams, Jr. (b. July 1, 1957) is a Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 29 since 1993. In 1997 he served as Senate Assistant Minority Leader. He then served as Deputy President Pro Tempore/Majority Caucus Chair from 2002 to 2004. He has been Senate President Pro Tempore since 2004.

Williams was Chief Executive Officer for the Town of Thompson. He was also First Selectman for the Town of Thompson from 1987 to 1991.

Williams earned his BS from Syracuse University in 1980. He went on to receive his JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1986.

Williams was a Law Review Research Editor for Washington and Lee University School of Law. He has also worked as an attorney for Boland, Saint Onge and Brouillard. He was a News and Public Affairs Director for WINY Radio from 1980 to 1983.

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Executive and Legislative Nominations, Vice Chair
Legislative Management, Chair


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


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



See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Williams ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 29. Williams ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Sally White (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

Connecticut State Senate, District 29, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonald E. Williams Incumbent 62.4% 21,567
     Republican Sally White 37.6% 13,007
Total Votes 34,574


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Williams ran for re-election to the 29th District Seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the primary or general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 29 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Donald Williams (D) 17,241
John Hallbergh (Ind) 4,351


On November 4, 2008, Williams won re-election to the 29th District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate, defeating Harry Carboni (R).[4]

Connecticut State Senate, District 29 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Donald Williams (D) 25,544
Harry Carboni (R) 9,163

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Williams raised $73,866 in contributions. [5]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $58,053 to his campaign.


In 2008, Williams collected $96,324 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $84,122
Windham Town Democratic Committee $1,147
Susan Boland $500
Senate Democrats Victory PAC $301
Franklin Newth $300


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.[7]


Williams received a score of 0 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied with 15 others for the lowest score among the 36 scored members of the Connecticut Senate. This score was 2 lower than his score of 2 for the 2009-10 term.[7]

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Williams and his wife, Laura, have one child.

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