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Looney staying put as Senate president

December 6, 2018

Rumors in the State Capitol that Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney might bail out on his upcoming 14th term to accept a top agency job in the nascent administration of Ned Lamont, are just that.

“It is absolutely untrue,” Looney said Thursday, responding to talk in the Capitol that he’s being consider for a major job, such as commissioner of revenue services or social services. “I speak with Governor-elect Lamont quite frequently and never has anything been discussed about joining his administration.”

The 70-year-old New Haven lawyer said that if he really wanted to leave the legislature, the right time would have been two years ago, when he had a bad hip, a kidney transplant and an 18-18 tie in the Senate that made the pursuit of a Democratic agenda very difficult.

“Now I’m feeling much better and we now have 23 members in our caucus,” said Looney who was just elected to a two-year term as chairman of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, a national group. “I don’t know what more that I have to do to be committed to the Senate.”

Looney was first elected to the Senate in 1992, and has been the highest-ranking member since January, 2015 when the Democratic caucus elected him president pro tempore. The previous dozen years he was Senate majority leader.

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