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Meyer Will Not Seek Re-Election

Published 03/24/2014 12:00 AM
Updated 03/24/2014 11:31 AM

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HARTFORD, CT – Senator Ed Meyer (D- District 12: Guilford, Branford, North Branford, Durham, Killingworth, Madison) announced his intention to not seek reelection today, releasing the following statement:

I will not be seeking re-election to the State Senate this November and look forward to retirement after about 50 years of public service which started in 1964 with my appointment by Robert F. Kennedy as a Federal Prosecutor in the U. S. Department of Justice. I will be 80 years old next year.

It has been my particular pleasure to have served in the legislature of two states and to have actively participated in some of the significant initiatives of those states--the creation in the 1970's of the State University system in New York and the closing of New York's mental health "snake pits," and during my 5 terms in Connecticut, the abolition of the unworkable death penalty, the enactment of historic gun restraints after Newtown, the emergence of same gender rights and a host of environment initiatives from restrictions on pesticides and other toxic chemicals to our confrontation of climate change and water contamination.

From 1977 to 2000, I enjoyed a productive period of service as a member and Vice Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents where I successfully championed a major increase in academic achievement by a requirement that all students (except those with disabilities) must take Regent -level courses and exams in order to earn a high school diploma. That experience has led me to advocate for the Common Core in Connecticut.

I thank the Senate President for my appointment in 2008 as Senate Chair of the Environment Committee, a committee, in my experience, of unusual bipartisan good will and much achievement. Our work has been aided by such environmental giants as Gina McCarthy and Dan Esty.

I have also had the opportunity over these last 10 years to serve as chair of the Children's Committee and Program Review and Investigations.

Connecticut's state legislature works relatively well because of our interested constituents, our competent staff and the commitment of legislators, each of whom I thank and appreciate. And yet, there is much that is undone and troublesome in Connecticut--our economy that still wobbles, our timidity about property tax reform, frequent ethical lapses, the legislature's recent rejection of freedom of information, the legislature's denial of a subpoena power to our state's law enforcement agency, and the under-resourcing of some agencies.

Some of the most memorable statements I can recall, 2005-2014:

"Stop your investigation at once. Do you hear me?" Gov. Jody Rell to me in response to our investigation that she was illegally running her 2006 election campaign out of her Capitol office.

"Senator Ed Meyer." Senate President Don William's answer to a staff question as to who is his favorite Republican Senator.

"Senator, you are out of order and in contempt." Senate presiding officer, Bob Duff, to me when I tried to stop Senator John Kissel's multi-hour  filibuster of an environment bill at about 3am one night by my standing in the well of the Senate chamber and telephoning my wife.

"Green Knight."  The label I was given in 2012 by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters.

The good people of the 12th Senate District will now have an opportunity to elect a new Senator, and I await that result with great interest. But finally, I thank my wife Patty Ann for so much support and perseverance, as well as our 6 children and 13 grandchildren who will hereafter be seeing more of me but without being asked by me to walk in parades!

      Ed Meyer
      State Senator

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