In Historic Election, Republicans Pick Up Three New State Senate Seats, Tie Democrats 18-18 for Balanced State Senate MakeupNovember 9, 2016
Hartford – Connecticut Senate Republicans today announced that their gain of three new seats will create an even split between Democrats and Republicans in the state Senate for the first time in over 100 years.
All Senate Republican incumbents retained their current seats and Republicans picked up three new seats with the elections of George Logan of Ansonia in the 17th district, Heather Somers of Groton in the 18th district, and Len Suzio of Meriden in the 13th district. New senator-elects also include Craig Miner of Litchfield who was elected to represent the 30th Senate district, a seat held by Republican Senator Clark Chapin who is retiring.
“There is no longer a majority party in the state Senate. We are now a chamber of equals. The old way of doing things is over. With this historic balance I look forward to a completely new dynamic in the state Senate that embraces collaboration and cooperation and that equally values all ideas and perspectives. This is a defining moment for Connecticut to change the way state government operates for the better,” said Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven).
Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) added, “Connecticut is a beautiful state that sadly faces many challenges. We must address those issues in partnership with one another with all ideas at the table. We must work together to reduce burdens on families, grow jobs and create a business environment that people can be confident about. Now that Republicans have gained three seats in the state Senate, we will have more balance in the Senate than we’ve ever had before over the last 20 years, and we will have a historic even split between the two parties. I look forward to this change and hope it will foster more balanced conversations and encourage collaboration across the aisle to do what is in the best interest of our state and our residents.”
“I want to congratulate each of our senators and senator-elects for their incredible hard work and dedication to keeping the focus on the issues that matter most to the people of Connecticut. Thank you to our volunteers, our families and our friends as well for the constant support. And thank you to the people of Connecticut for putting your trust in Republicans to change the course of our state,” said Fasano.
Photos from today’s press conference attached:
Photo 1 – Group shot of Connecticut Senate Republicans and Senator-elects.
Photo 2- Left to right, Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos, Senator-elect Len Suzio, Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, Senator-elect George Logan, Senator-elect Heather Somers, Senator-elect Craig Miner.