Edward Meyer (politician)
|Connecticut Senator from the 12th District|
2005 – present
|Preceded by||William Aniskovich|
|Constituency||represents Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison, and North Branford|
April 15, 1935|
New York, New York
|Spouse(s)||Patty Ann Meyer|
In 1964, Meyer was appointed by then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy as a federal prosecutor in the United States Department of Justice. During his time in that position, Meyer aggressively pursued organized crime in New York.
In 1970 Meyer was elected as a Republican to the New York State Assembly, where he served for four years as the representative for his Westchester County district. While in the state legislature, Meyer authored 48 bills that later became law. Shortly after leaving the New York State Assembly, Meyer joined the Democratic Party.
Meyer also served on the New York State Board of Regents for 23 years, where he was a strong proponent of higher education standards from the public education system at a time when crusading for such reforms was not a common position to hold.
Meyer, a resident of Guilford, represents the eastern suburbs of New Haven along the coast of Long Island Sound, including the towns of Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison, and North Branford. As a state senator, he has been a leading supporter of legalizing assisted suicide.
Meyer's political career in Connecticut began in 2004 when, in what was considered to be one of the biggest political upsets of that year, he defeated seven term Republican incumbent William Aniskovich. Aniskovich was hampered by his alleged closeness to former Governor John G. Rowland, who had recently resigned due to a corruption investigation. Meyer's career as a prosecutor proved attractive to many voters in contrast to questions regarding Aniskovich's ethics and Meyer beat Aniskovich by 3 points on Election Day.
In 2006, Meyer defeated political newcomer Greg Hannan 23,600 to 13,127 to be elected to his second term in the Connecticut Senate. Meyer was elected to a third term in 2008 after defeating attorney and Iraq War veteran Ryan Suerth 30,565 to 20,430. In 2010, he defeated Durham Planning and Zoning Commissioner Lisa Davenport 21,311 to 19,567. In 2012, Meyer was re-elected to a fifth term, defeating Guilford Selectwoman Cindy Cartier 25,888 to 22,736.
Senator Meyer is married to Patty Ann Reese, a former professional tennis player and one of the founding members of the Virginia Slims Tour. Senator Meyer met his wife at Wimbledon while she was competing and he was representing Jimmy Connors. They have 6 children and 11 grandchildren.
|New York Assembly|
|New York State Assembly, 92nd District
|Connecticut Senator from the Twelfth District