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  Meyer, J. Edward
NameJ. Edward Meyer
Guilford, Connecticut , United States
Born April 15, 1935 (85 years)
ContributorEx-New Jerseyan
Last ModifedRBH
Nov 24, 2017 12:29pm
InfoAlthough only recently elected to his first term as a Connecticut State Senator, Senator Meyer is no stranger to legislative and legal issues. Senator Meyer brings with him to Hartford a wealth of experience in the public sector, which he will most certainly put to good use as he serves in the Connecticut General Assembly.

After receiving both his Bachelor's degree and a law degree from Yale University, in 1964, Senator Meyer was appointed by then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to a post as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice. Senator Meyer stayed with the Justice Department until 1968, responsible for investigating and prosecuting organized crime.

His legal career well under way, in 1970, Senator Meyer was elected to the New York State Assembly, and served for four years as the representative for his Westchester County district. While in the state legislature, Senator Meyer authored 48 bills that later became law.

Senator Meyer also served on the New York State Board of Regents for 23 years, where he was a strong proponent of higher academic standards for the public schools at a time when crusading for such reforms was not a common position to hold.

Since moving to Guilford, Senator Meyer has served on the town's Economic Development Commission. Senator Meyer's commitment to the arts is reflected in his service on the Board of Trustees of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

Senator Meyer was born in New York City and raised on Long Island. In addition to his studies at Yale, he was awarded a scholarship to study at Cambridge University in England. Senator Meyer is married to the former 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.

Senator Meyer and his wife have six children. Dan is senior pastor of the Christ Church of Oak Brook in Illinois. Lisa is a former political campaign professional and now works full-time as mother to three children; she lives in New Fairfield, Connecticut. Jeffrey, a former federal prosecutor in Connecticut, now teaches law at Quinnipiac University School of Law and lives in Branford. Tory is a pediatric surgeon in Austin, Texas. Tim is studying for his law degree and his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. Andrew, a recent graduate of Cornell University, has devoted this year to teaching English to students in China. In addition to their five sons and one daughter, the Meyers also have 11 grandchildren, and a Labrador Retriever, " Mo."

Since making their home in Guilford, the Meyers have been active in the First Congregational Church, and find time to enjoy the beautiful shoreline and idyllic New England Charm that attracted them to Guilford in the first place.


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