by Jennifer Swift
Feb 26, 2014
10:08 AM
Connecticut Politics

Senate President Don Williams Won't Seek Re-Election

State Senate President Don Williams, D-Brooklyn, announced today he will not seek re-election.

Williams has served in the state senate since 1993, and as senate president since 2004. 

“After serving 10 years as President Pro Tempore of the State Senate, I look forward to pursuing other challenges at the end of this term,” Williams said in a press release. “It has been a great privilege and honor to serve the people of our state and my constituents in the great northeastern corner of Connecticut. The progress we have made when facing difficult challenges, particularly in the past four years with the help of Governor Malloy, has been substantial, and Connecticut is well positioned for new growth in the years ahead.

The Hartford Courant broke news of Williams' decision minutes before a press release went out of the news. In an interview with the Courant, Williams declined to elaborate what he plans to do next, but made it clear he will not return to the capitol as a lobbyist. Williams also said it is likely Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney will become president of the Senate.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy released this statement about Williams' decision: “Don has been a great ally and friend.  He works tirelessly for his constituents and fights hard for what he believes.  I’m proud to have worked with him to find common ground on some of the most important issues of our day, including creating jobs and investing in our public schools.  The Senate will no doubt miss his leadership and his passion.  I wish him the best in whatever he decides to do next.”

 

Senate President Don Williams Won't Seek Re-Election

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