Denise Merrill

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Denise Merrill
Denise Merrill 2014.jpg
73rd Secretary of State of Connecticut
Assumed office
January 5, 2011
Governor Dan Malloy
Preceded by Susan Bysiewicz
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 54th district
In office
January 1995 – January 5, 2011
Preceded by Jonathan Pelto
Succeeded by Gregory Haddad
Personal details
Born (1948-10-08) October 8, 1948 (age 67)
San Mateo, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Connecticut, Storrs
University of Connecticut, Hartford
Website Government website

Denise W. Merrill is a Democratic politician and the current Connecticut Secretary of the State.[1] Merrill was previously a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives.


Merrill graduated from the University of Connecticut.[2]

State House[edit]

Merrill was first elected to office in 1994 and served as the House Majority Leader after being elected to that position prior to the 2009 legislative session and until becoming Secretary of the State. Previously, Merrill had served as the House Chair on the Appropriations Committee from 2005-2008. In the State House she represented Fifty-Fourth Assembly District, which includes the towns of Mansfield and Chaplin.

Secretary of State[edit]

Following the state Democratic primary held on August 10, 2010, Merrill became her party's nominee for Secretary of the State for the November 2010 election.[3] She went on to defeat Republican candidate Jerry Farrell Jr. on November 2.


Merrill is also a classically trained pianist. She has three grown children and one grandchild.[2]


  1. ^ "News From The Associated Press". 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2015-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b "SOTS: The Biography of Denise Merrill". Retrieved 2015-04-01. 
  3. ^ "Connecticut Primaries: Results". Hartford Courant. August 10, 2010. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Connecticut House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jonathan Pelto
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 54th district

Succeeded by
Gregory Haddad
Preceded by
Christopher Donovan
Majority Leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Brendan Sharkey
Political offices
Preceded by
Susan Bysiewicz
Secretary of State of Connecticut