Denise Merrill

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Democratic, Working Families Connecticut

State House (Connecticut 54)

Family: Divorced; 3 Children: Nicole, Alexander, Nathaniel

Born: 10/08/1948 San Mateo, CA

Home: Mansfield, Connecticut

Education: BA, University of Connecticut, 1988 Attended, San Francisco Law School, 1974-1975

Profession: Director, Training Resource Academy, Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, 2001-2004 Curriculum Consultant, Civic Education, Connecticut State Department of Education, 1984-1994 Executive Director, Consortium for Law and Citizenship Education Incorporated, 1984-1991 Teacher, The Vershire School, 1980-1982 Attorney, Self-Employed, 1978-1980

Political: Representative, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1992-present Majority Leader, Connecticut State House of Representatives, present State Coordinator, Women for Clinton/Gore, 1996 Member, Mansfield Board of Education, 1991-1993 New England Region Coordinator, Clinton/Gore/Dodd Campaign, 1992

Congressional Membership: Co-Chair, Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education, 2005 Chair, Legislative Task Force on Education Technology, 2000 Chair, Task Force on Educational Telecommunications, 1995-1997 State Task Force on Citizenship Education, 1991 Conservation Commission, 1985-1989 Member, North Haven Conservation Commission, 1984-1986 State Committee on ConnCept Test

Organization Membership: Member, Executive Committee, National Conference of State Legislators, 2006-present Board Member, University of Connecticut Alumni Association, 2000-present Alumni Board, University of Connecticut, 1999-present Member, Connecticut League of Women Voters, 1988-present Member, League of Women Voters of Mansfield, 1988-present Member, California State Bar Association, 1978-present Member, Birth to Three Council, 2004 Co-Chair, Women's Campaign School, Yale University, 2000-2002 Board Member, Connecticut Economic Conference, 1997-2001 Flemming Fellow, Center for Policy Alternatives, 1995 Board Member, Northeast Connecticut Council on Substance Abuse, 1993-1995 Member, Connecticut Council on Social Studies, 1984-1994 Secretary/State Board, League of Women Voters of Connecticut, 1992-1993 Co-President, Annie Vinton Parent Teacher Association, 1991 American Red Cross, International Services Committee, 1987-1991 Common Cause Community Foundation of Greater Windham County Volunteer, Community School for Arts Coordinating Council, Connecticut Birth to Three Program Connecticut Citizen Action Group Connecticut Civil Liberties Union Connecticut Fund for the Environment Active Member/Supporter, Connecticut National Abortion Rights Action League Volunteer, Greater Mansfield Council for Arts Learning Through English and Art Project Education Committee Member, National Conference of State Legislators National Council for Advancement of Citizenship Northeast Citizens Against Substance Abuse Board Member, Northeast Connecticut Council on Substance Abuse Board Member, Northeast Regional Transit Alliance Related Education Center for Research and Development Sierra Club Board Member, Wake Forest University Law School


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