Olson, Melissa M.

District town: Norwich

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Election history: Olson won an open seat in 2002, succeeding Republican Peter Nystrom. He won this seat in the Reagan landslide of 1984 and held it for 18 years. But the GOP has failed to field a candidate since Nystrom declined to run, giving Olson four easy wins.

2008 general election

Melissa M. Olson (D) 6,292 100 percent

Public financing: She withdrew an application for public financing after no opponent qualified for the ballot.

Background:Olson was selected in 2004 and 2005 to participate in training programs for promising young legislators. She was named a deputy majority leader in 2009.

Committees: Judiciary, Labor, Public Health

Education: B.A., Kenyon College; J.D., Case Western Reserve University Law School

Occupation: Lawyer, Embry & Neusner

2008 Financial Disclosure: The only outside income Olson reported was from Embry & Neusner. She owns a condominium in Norwich. She reported owning two mutual funds.


She declined to waive confidentiality on a separate filing listing any debts in excess of $10,000. State law gives legislators the option of making the debt filing public.

A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, state 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.