Terry Backer

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Terry Backer
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Connecticut House of Representatives, District 121
In office
1993 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 21
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthStamford, CT
Office website
Terry Backer is a Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing the 121st District since 1993. He is Assistant Majority Leader.

Backer has worked as a Long Island Soundkeeper, Executive Director of Soundkeeper Incorporated, and a Licensed Master with the United States Coast Guard.

He is Vice President of the Waterkeeper Alliance, and a member of the Long Island Sound Advisory Council, and Local Shellfish Commission of the Town of Stratford.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy and Technology


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


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



See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

Backers ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 121. Backer ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Joe Crudo (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [2][3][4]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 121, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Backer Incumbent 72.6% 5,919
     Republican Joe Crudo 27.4% 2,231
Total Votes 8,150


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Backer ran for re-election to the 121st District seat in 2010. He defeated Casmir A. Mizera (R) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 121 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Terry Backer (D) 4,663
Casmir A. Mizera (R) 2,042


On November 4, 2008, Backer won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Connecticut's 121st District. Backer ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 7,322 votes.[5] Backer raised $31,907 for his campaign.[6]

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Backer raised $31,095 in contributions. [7]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $25,785 to his campaign.


Listed below are the two largest contributors to Terry Backer's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $24,860
Public Fund $1,807


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.[8]


Backer received a score of 0 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied with 72 others for the lowest score among the 152 scored members of the Connecticut House of Representatives. This score was 3 lower than his score of 3 for the 2009-10 term.[8]

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Connecticut State House District 121
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