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Democrats Capture Veto Proof Majority In Connecticut State Senate

The Connecticut Capitol Building in Hartford
Johnathon Henninger
Conn. State Capitol Building

In Connecticut, Democrats have re-elected state Senate President Martin Looney of New Haven and Majority Leader Bob Duff of Norwalk to lead their caucus in the upcoming General Assembly.

The two leaders saw their caucus increase to a veto-proof 24 members following the results of Tuesday’s election.

Senate Republicans lost two seats in the election to reduce their number to 12. They have picked Senator Kevin Kelley of Stratford as Senate Minority leader. He is replacing Sen. Len Fasano of North Haven, who is retiring.

In the House, there’s new leadership on both sides of the aisle. Democrats have picked Representative Matt Ritter of Hartford to be House Speaker and Representative Jason Rojas of East Hartford to be House Majority leader.

Republicans have chosen Vincent Candelora of North Branford to be House Minority leader.

The session begins on January 6.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.