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Denise Merrill (I)

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Connecticut Secretary of State (2011-Present)

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Denise Merrill (Democrat) is the Connecticut Secretary of State. Merrill was elected to the office in 2010. In addition to running as a Democratic Party candidate, Merrill cross-filed to also run with the Working Families Party in 2018.

Merill took office on January 5, 2011. She won re-election in 2014 and 2018.

Prior to becoming secretary of state, Merill was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives. She was first elected by the state's fifty-fourth House district in 1992, and was re-elected every two years subsequently. She was chair of the House Appropriations Committee from 2005 to 2008 and, for her final year in the legislature, Merill served as House majority leader.

Merill is a native of San Mateo, Calif. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1988 and previously attended San Francisco Law School. Merill is a licensed attorney and a former state lawmaker for the Connecticut House of Representatives.

Merill began her career as a self-employed lawyer, but switched to teaching after two years. She later began consulting on educational issues in Connecticut. From 1984 to 1994, she worked as a consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education while serving as executive director of the Consortium for Law and Citizenship Education Incorporated. She held the latter position from 1984 to 1991. Merill went on to serve as director of the Training Resource Academy at the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut.

Education

  • Attended San Francisco Law School (1974-75)
  • Bachelor's degree, University of Connecticut (1988)