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Gov. Malloy’s official state portrait unveiled at ceremony

December 21, 2018
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Outgoing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, right, and his wife Cathy, center, unveil the Democrat's official state portray during a ceremony at the Museum of Connecticut History in Hartford, Conn., Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. The Democrat leaves office on Jan. 9. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With just weeks left in his final term, outgoing Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s official portrait has been unveiled.

Past and present advisers, friends, family members and supporters gathered at the Museum of Connecticut History Thursday for the unveiling ceremony. Malloy’s successor and fellow Democrat, Gov.-elect Ned Lamont, was also on hand for the event, which turned into a tribute to the outgoing governor who leaves office Jan. 9.

Lyme artist Christopher Zhang, born in China, says it took him eight months to finish the painting. It features Malloy standing behind a desk, surrounded by symbolic items illustrating his administration’s priorities.

The painting was commissioned by the state for $30,000. It will hang in the museum’s Memorial Hall with the portraits of past governors dating back to the early 1800s.

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