More lawmakers opting for jobs in Lamont administration

January 8, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More Connecticut lawmakers will not take the oath of office when the legislative session opens, instead opting for jobs in Gov.-elect Ned Lamont’s administration.

Lamont is nominating a fellow Democrat, East Hartford Sen. Tim Larson, to lead the Office of Higher Education, which handles financial aid matters and independent colleges, universities, and postsecondary career schools. Larson has served in the Senate since 2015.

Democratic Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced Tuesday she’s received resignation letters from Representatives Chris Soto of New London and James Albis of East Haven — both Democrats. Soto will be Lamont’s legislative affairs director.

Lamont previously announced Democratic West Hartford Sen. Beth Bye will lead the Office of Early Childhood.

Special elections are needed to fill the legislative seats.

Lawmakers have until 10 a.m. Wednesday, opening day of the legislature, to resign.

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