Duff named majority leader as General Assembly elects new leadership

State Sen. Bob Duff
State Sen. Bob Duff

Updated, 5:56 a.m., additional information added. 

HARTFORD, Conn. – The rumors came to fruition today as Norwalk’s State Sen. Bob Duff was chosen to be the next Senate majority leader.

“It’s good for Norwalk. It puts us in a really good place and I believe it brings positive things,” Duff said.

Senate Democrats also selected Sen. Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) to serve as the next Senate President.

The Democrats made their choices at a caucus in Hartford this afternoon and announced the news via press release.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by the support of my peers in the State Senate,” said Duff is the release. “I am looking forward to working with Senate President Looney and my Democratic colleagues to make Connecticut an even better place to live, work and raise a family. The opportunity to lead the caucus would not have been possible without the support and faith of my constituents in Norwalk and Darien, so I thank them as well.”

The Republicans named Sen. Len Fasano (R-34) as Senate minority leader, and 114th District Rep. Themis Klarides as House minority leader. Klarides, currently the deputy leader, will replace Norwalk’s Larry Cafero, who held the position for eight years.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, fresh off his Tuesday re-election, congratulated the new leadership.

“I want to congratulate the leadership of all four caucuses on their selections, and in particular those who are being designated to serve for their first time in these principal roles, including Senate President-Elect Martin Looney, Senate Majority Leader-Elect Bob Duff, Senate Minority Leader-Elect Len Fasano, and House Minority Leader-Elect Themis Klarides. I also look forward to working closely again with Speaker Brendan Sharkey and House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz.

“As each of us prepare to begin new respective terms in office at the start of the upcoming year, I’m feeling very optimistic about what we can accomplish for the people who’ve elected us. Working as partners, we can continue strengthening our state, fostering growth and generating a prosperous Connecticut.”

Looney, in accepting his nomination as the highest-ranking Democrat in the General Assembly, said, “I am honored and grateful for the support and confidence of the Senate Democratic Caucus. I look forward to working with the members of our caucus, with Governor Malloy and with Republicans of good will in continuing our efforts to create jobs, expand economic opportunity and fight on behalf of middle-income families.”

Looney has served as majority leader since 2003. He will be formally elected in January at the outset of the 2015 legislative session.







13 responses to “Duff named majority leader as General Assembly elects new leadership”

  1. Mike Mushak

    Congratulations! Well deserved.

  2. NorwalkVoter

    Great choice! Congratulations Bob!

  3. Kathleen Montgomery

    Excellent choice…congrats Bob!

  4. LWitherspoon

    Congratulations Sen. Duff. Now will you be able to obtain more ECS funding for Norwalk?

  5. piberman

    A distinct honor for a well liked legislator. Maybe we’ll have some more horsepower in Hartford focusing on ECS equity, fiscal management and spending/tax restraint.

  6. Rod Lopez-Fabrega

    RIGHT ON! There was never any doubt.

  7. Nancy Usic

    Congratulations Bob!

  8. John Hamlin

    Congratulations! No harder working Democrat in the General Assembly!

  9. Notaffiliated

    Congratulations politician Duff.

    When any politician can show me the causal relationship between their action and jobs, I’m all ears. We’re #50, We’re #50, We’re #50. Bob seems like a nice guy but our economy stinks. Is it his fault? – I dunno.

    Also, I don’t care who goes and gets it, but can someone in government get the appropriate level of ECS funds back to Norwalk? That should be JOB #1 for every political person representing Norwalk

  10. Casey Smith

    Congratulations, Bob!

  11. diane lauricella

    Congratulations Bob…echo the hope of more “horsepower” for lower Fairfield County concerns and needs.

  12. Dawn

    I agree. Make the education funding for Norwalk a priority. From what i understand it has always been a big inequity.

  13. Bill

    If this guy can’t get us the ECS funds with this new gig, then it is time to vote him out !!!

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