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Elizabeth Esty
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U.S. House, Connecticut, District 5
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut House of Representatives, representing the 103rd District
Cheshire Town Council
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Yale Law School
Date of birthAugust 25, 1959
Place of birthOak Park, Illinois
Net worth$4,807,570
Office website
Campaign website
Elizabeth Esty campaign logo
Elizabeth Esty is Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Connecticut. She was first elected to the U.S. House in 2012.

Etsy won the Democratic nomination on August 14, 2012.[1] She won the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]


Esty previously served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 2009-2011.[3] Esty has been a law clerk for a federal judge, private attorney, and Professor at American University.

She is a member of the Cheshire Public Library Board, Legal Advisor to the Connecticut League of Women Voters Consensus Project, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the First Congregational Cheshire, lay member of the Committee on Ministry New Haven Association of the United Church of Christ, and a member of the Parent-Teacher Association.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Esty serves on the following committees:[5]

Connecticut House


While a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, Esty served on the following committees.


Campaign Themes


  • Job creation and economic growth
  • Clean and affordable energy
  • Fiscal responsibility and protecting taxpayers
  • Protecting seniors
  • Affordable, quality health care
  • Clean environment
  • Quality education
  • Foreign policy and national security
  • Veterans
  • Marriage equality and equal rights
  • Women's rights



See also: Connecticut's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Esty ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Connecticut's 5th District. Esty won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[6] [7] The signature filing deadline was June 12, 2012. The primary date was August 14, 2012. Esty defeated Christopher Donovan and Dan Roberti in the Democratic primary.[1] She won the election on November 6, 2012.[8]

Following the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012 in which Esty defeated Christopher Donovan, the endorsed candidate of the Democratic party, discussion speculated on whether Donovan would choose to still run against Esty in the general election as the Working Families Party nominee.[9] However, in late August 2012 discussion began between Donovan, Esty, and the Working Families Party over whether Esty might pick up the nomination of the party, preventing division amongst the Democratic party that might give way to a win by Republican nominee Andrew Roraback in the general election.

While Donovan was endorsed by the Democratic party and was the frontrunner for most of the campaign, an investigation by the FBI closer to the primary hurt his chances in the primary. Two of Donovan's staff members were among eight people arrested and were immediately fired and replaced after a sting operation by the FBI in which the staffers were allegedly accepting campaign contributions from straw donors.[9] Although Donovan was not implicated and an investigation paid for by the campaign cleared him of having any knowledge of wrongdoing, it was enough to derail his campaign.[9]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Esty 51.3% 146,098
     Republican Andrew Roraback 48.7% 138,637
     Independent John Pistone 0% 12
Total Votes 284,747
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


In August 2012 Esty received endorsements from the Connecticut AFL-CIO and Governor Dan Malloy (D).[10]


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Esty ran for re-election to the 103rd District seat in 2010. She was defeated by Al Adinolfi (R) in the November 2 general election.


On November 4, 2008, Esty won election to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Connecticut's 103rd District, defeating Al Adinolfi (R). Esty received 6,088 votes in the election while Adinolfi received 5,867 votes.[11] Esty raised $30,525 for her campaign; Adinolfi raised $30,000.[12]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 103
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Elizabeth Esty (D) 6,088
Al Adinolfi (R) 5,867

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Esty's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Esty won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Esty's campaign committee raised a total of $3,269,050 and spent $3,228,060.[13]


Listed below is the largest contributor to Elizabeth Esty's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $25,000


Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Esty's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,538,140 and $7,077,000. That averages to $4,807,570, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[14]


Esty lives in Cheshire, Connecticut with her husband of 26 years, Dan Esty. They have three children, Sarah, Thomas, and Jonathan. [15]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Christopher S. Murphy
U.S. House
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Connecticut State House District 103
Succeeded by
Al Adinolfi