Eric Coleman

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Eric Coleman
Connecticut State Senate District 2
In office
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 19
Deputy Speaker, Connecticut State House
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut House of Representatives
Bachelor'sColumbia University (1973)
J.D.University of Connecticut (1977)
BirthdayMay 26, 1951
Office website
Eric Coleman (b. May 26, 1951) is a Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 2 since 1995. He is currently Deputy President Pro Tempore.

Coleman served in the Connecticut State House of Representatives from 1983 to 1994. In 1991 he was House Majority Whip. He then served as Deputy Speaker in 1993.

Coleman earned his BA from Columbia University in 1973. He went on to receive his JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1977.

Coleman was an attorney for Hartford Neighborhood Legal Services Incorporated from 1977 to 1978. He then worked as an attorney for Connecticut Public Defender Services from 1978 to 1981. From 1981 to 1986 he was a Consultant for Aetna Life and Casualty. He has been a Private Practice Attorney since 1986.

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
General Law
Human Services, Vice Chair
Judiciary, Chair
Program Review and Investigations


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


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



See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Coleman ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 2. Coleman ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Malvi Garcia Lennon (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [1][2][3]

Connecticut State Senate, District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Coleman Incumbent 85.5% 31,114
     Republican Malvi Garcia Lennon 14.5% 5,276
Total Votes 36,390


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Coleman ran for re-election to the 2nd District Seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the primary or general election. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.


On November 4, 2008, Coleman won re-election to the 2nd District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate, defeating Veronica Airey-Wilson(R).[4]

Connecticut State Senate, District 2 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Eric Coleman (D) 24,478
Veronica Airey-Wilson (R) 8,123

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Coleman raised $6,420 in contributions. [5]

No contributions to his campaign were of $1,000 or more.


In 2008, Coleman collected $99,640 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $82,705
Merrick Alpert $100
Stephen Perry $100
Ellen Nurse $100
Harold Kingsley-Goodson $100


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]


Coleman 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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Coleman and his wife, Pamela, have six children.

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Connecticut State Senate - District 2
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