Elizabeth Esty

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Elizabeth Esty
Elizabeth Esty.jpg
U.S. House, Connecticut, District 5
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorChris Murphy (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,269,050
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 (b. August 25, 1959, in Oak Park, Illinois) is a 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. She defeated Christopher Donovan and Dan Roberti in the Democratic primary and defeated Andrew Roraback (R) and John Pistone (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Esty previously served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 2009-2011.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Esty is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning She will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Esty served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 2009-2011.[2] 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.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Esty serves on the following committees:[4]

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

Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[5] For more information pertaining to Esty's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]



See also: Connecticut's 5th congressional district elections, 2014

Esty is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Esty is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[7]


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 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"
U.S. House, Connecticut District 5 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Esty 44.5% 12,679
Chris Donovan 32.4% 9,215
Dan Roberti 23.1% 6,584
Total Votes 28,478


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

Comprehensive donor information for Esty is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Esty raised a total of $3,269,050 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[13]

Elizabeth Esty's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Connecticut, District 5) Won $3,269,050
Grand Total Raised $3,269,050


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Esty's reports.[14]

Elizabeth Esty (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]4/15/2013$40,989.95$232,659.59$(77,439.66)$196,209.88
July Quarterly[16]7/15/2013$196,209.88$289,385.98$(89,245.68)$396,350.18
Running totals


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.[17] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[18]

Cost per vote

Esty spent $22.09 per vote received in 2012.


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

Donor Amount
Public Fund $25,000


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Esty missed 3 of 89 roll call votes, which is 3.4% from Jan 2013 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 3.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[19]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[20]

Esty most often votes with:

Esty least often votes with:

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, 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.[21]

Voting with party


Elizabeth Esty voted with the Democratic Party 92.8% of the time, which ranked 104th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[22]


Esty lives in Cheshire, Connecticut with her husband of 26 years, Dan Esty. They have three children, Sarah, Thomas, and Jonathan. [23]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 AP Results "U.S. House primary election results" Accessed August 14, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Elizabeth Esty for Congress "Biography" Accessed February 15, 2012
  3. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Esty
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  8. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 My Record Journal "Donovan talks to Esty: A step toward unity in 5th District?" Accessed August 28, 2012
  10. My Record Journal "Donovan talks to Esty: A step toward unity in 5th District?" Accessed August 28, 2012
  11. Connecticut House official election results for 2008
  12. District 103 Connecticut House candidate funds, 2008
  13. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Elizabeth Esty," Accessed March 22, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission "Elizabeth Esty Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 18, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 18, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Elizabeth Esty 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  18. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  19. GovTrack, "Elizabeth Esty," Accessed March 29, 2013
  20. OpenCongress, "Rep. Elizabeth Esty," Accessed July 31, 2013
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Esty, (D-Conn), 2011"
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  23. Elizabeth Etsy for Congress "Biography" Accessed December 21, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Christopher S. Murphy
U.S. House- Connecticut District 5
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Connecticut State House District 103
Succeeded by
Al Adinolfi