Connecticut Political Landscape

Congress- Democratic Congressman Chris Murphy (CT-5) defeated Republican Linda McMahon to become Connecticut’s next U.S. Senator.

Congressmen Larson (CT-1,) Courtney (CT-2,) DeLauro (CT-3,) and Himes (CT-4) all won their re-election bids.  In a tight race in Connecticut’s competitive Fifth District, Elizabeth Esty defeated Republican State Sen. Andrew Roraback.

CT State Senate- Prior to Election Day, the State Senate was made up of 22 Democrats and 14 Republicans. In the end, the makeup of the Senate remains the same. Only one incumbent, Republican State Sen. Len Suzio, lost his reelection bid while four senators retired.

District                                                New Senator              Previous Officeholder          

13

Dante Bartolomeo (D)

Len Suzio (R)

19

Catherine Osten (D)

Edith Prague (D) Retired

23

Andres Ayala (D)

Ed Gomes (D) Lost primary

30

Clark Chapin (R)

Andrew Roraback (R) Congress

33

Art Linares (R)

Eileen Daily (D) Retired

The Leadership of the State Senate is not expected to change.  Senate President Don Williams and Senate Majority Leader Marty Looney will maintain their posts as will Senate Minority Leader John McKinney.

Democrats also stopped Republicans from gaining significant control over the next state budget. Although Democrats still have a majority of seats in the legislature, early financial reports show that the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year would have to spend several hundred millions of dollars in excess of the constitutional spending cap in order to maintain all services at current levels.

But the cap also can be circumvented if the legislature and governor see eye-to-eye. If the governor signs a declaration of fiscal "exigency," effectively declaring a budgetary emergency, the legislature can expend dollars in excess of the cap with a 60 percent vote in both chambers. That means 91 votes in the 151-member House and at least 22 out of 36 in the Senate. If Republicans had gained a 15th Senate seat, limiting Democrats to 21, they could have blocked any proposals to allow further cap exceptions in 2013.

CT State House- Heading into Election Day, House Democrats held 99 of the 151 seats.  Yesterday’s election likely keeps the status quo in the House and Democrats should retain a 99-52 advantage. Two seats could move to a possible recount in the coming days. Three incumbents likely lost their reelection bids. Below is a list of new House members, along with their district and the previous officeholder.

             District                            New Representative                 Previous Officeholder

4

Angel Arce (D)

Kelvin Roldan (D) Lost nomination

5

Brandon McGee (D)

Marie Kirkley-Bey (D) Retired

6

Edwin Vargas (D)

Hector Robles (D) Lost primary

13

Joe Diminico (D)

Jack Thomson (D) Retired

16

John Hamptin (D)

Linda Schofield (D) Retired

21

Mike Demicco (D)

Bill Wadsworth (R) Lost

34

Melissa Ziobron (R)

Gail Hamm (D) Retired

35

Tom Vicino (D)

Jim Crawford (D) State Senate

42

Timothy Bowles (D)

Tom Reynolds (D) State Senate

46

Emmett Riley (D)

Melissa Olsen (D) Retired

47

Brian Sear (D)

Chris Coutu (R) State Senate

58

David Alexander (D)

Kathy Tallarita (D) Lost nomination

63

Jay Case (R)

John Rigby (R) Retired

67

Cecilia Buck-Taylor (R)

Clark Chapin (R) State Senate

75

Victor Cuevas (D)

David Aldorando (D) Lost nomination

81

Dave Zoni (D)

Zeke Zalaski (D) Retired

84

Hilda Santiago (D)

Chris Donovan (D) Congress

 

89

Lezlye Zupkus (R)

Vicki Nardello (D) Lost

91

Michael D’Agostino (D)

Peter Villano (D) Retired

105

Theresa Conroy (D)

Len Greene (R) Lost, likely recount

106

Mitch Bolinsky (R)

Chris Lyddy (D) Retired, likely recount

109

David Arconti (D)

Joe Taborsak (D) Retired

119

James Maroney (D)

Dick Roy (D) Retired

123

Dave Rutigliano (R)

T.R. Rowe (R) Retired

125

Tom O’Dea (R)

John Hetherington (R) Retired

128

Christina Ayala (D)

Andres Ayala (D) State Senate

150

Steve Walko (R)

Lile Gibbons (R) Retired

The House Republican Leadership is not expected to change.  Rep. Cafero will maintain his position of Leader and Reps. Candelora and Klarides will continue to be the Deputies.

House Democrats are expected to meet in the near future to elect Rep. Brendan Sharkey of Hamden as the new Speaker of the House. There is currently a race for House Majority Leader between Rep. Joe Aresimowicz of Berlin and Rep. Jeff Berger of Waterbury. The makeup of the legislative committees should be revealed in mid to late December.

 

 
 

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