District towns: Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison, North Branford
Election history: Meyer won 51.5 percent of the vote to unseat Republican William Aniskovich in 2004, derailing the career of a politician who had been considering a run for governor. Despite GOP vows to retake the seat, Meyer has been twice re-elected with pluralities of more than 10,000 votes.
2008 general election:
|Ryan Suerth (R)||20,430||40 percent|
|Edward Meyer (D)||30,565||60 percent|
Public financing: Meyer received $84,500 in public financing for his campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program. He returned a surplus of $3,289.03. Suerth received $84,626.20 and returned $4,170.75.
Background: Meyer is a transplanted New Yorker who had a legal and political career in the Empire State, serving four years in the Assembly, 23 years on the New York State Board of Regents and decades as a lawyer whose clients included the tennis star, Jimmy Connors.
In 2004, he sought the Democratic nomination for a challenge of Bill Aniskovich, who had been one of John Rowland’s last defenders in the Senate. With Tom Swan of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group as his campaign manager, Meyer ran an aggressive campaign that highlighted a job that Rowland had given Aniskovich’s wife.
Depending on one’s perspective, Meyer has been a free spirit or loose cannon in the Senate. During the debate over the Democratic majority’s cautious approach to deficit mitigation, Meyer publicly wondered in December if the chamber needed new leadership.
He is married to Patty Ann Reese, a former professional tennis player and a founder of the Virginia Slims tennis circuit. His official bio notes they met at Wimbeldon, where he was representing Connors. He is the father of six. He and his wife reside in Guilford.
Committees: Children, Environment (co-chair), Finance, Government Administration and Elections, Judiciary
Education: B.A., Yale University; L.L.B., Yale Law School.
2008 Financial Disclosure: Meyer no longer is associated with a law firm, but he reported outside income from several real-estate limited partnerships in New York. His wife is employed as the varsity tennis coach in Westbrook. They own their home in Guilford.
Meyer has extensive stock holdings. A sampling includes Chevron, Petroleo Brasileiro Merck, Pfizer, Philip Morris, Intel, Honeywell, Microsoft and United Technologies.
He voluntarily disclosed owing two debts of more than $10,000: a mortgage held by Chase Bank and a home equity loan with Webster Bank.
A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, officials are required to disclose the ownership of real estate, the source of any income exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year and securities worth more than $5,000. They also are required to file an addendum in which they report any debt of more than $10,000; this may by law be kept confidential.