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Connecticut State Senate
""Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 5, 2017
"Nancy Wyman ("D)
Since January 5, 2011
"Martin M. Looney ("D)
Since January 7, 2015
"Len Fasano ("R)
Since January 4, 2017
Majority Leader
"Bob Duff ("D)
Since January 7, 2015
Seats 36
""Senate diagram 2016 State of Conneticut.png
Political groups



Length of term
2 years
Authority Article III, Section 1, "Connecticut Constitution
Salary $28,000/year
Last election
November 8, 2016
(36 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(36 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
""Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford.jpg
State Senate Chamber
"Connecticut State Capitol
"Hartford, Connecticut
Official Senate Page

The Connecticut State Senate is the "upper house of the "Connecticut General Assembly, the "state legislature of the US state of "Connecticut. The state senate comprises 36 members, each representing a district with around 99,280 inhabitants. Senators are elected to two-year terms without "term limits. The Connecticut State Senate is one of 14 state legislative upper houses whose members serve two-year terms; four-year terms are more common.

As in other "upper houses of state and territorial legislatures and the federal "U.S. Senate, the Senate is reserved with special functions such as confirming or rejecting "gubernatorial appointments to the state's executive departments, the state cabinet, commissions and boards. Unlike a majority of U.S. state legislatures, both the "Connecticut House of Representatives and the State Senate vote on the composition to the "Connecticut Supreme Court.

The Senate meets within the "State Capitol in "Hartford.



The Senate has its basis in the earliest incarnation of the General Assembly, the "General Corte" established in 1636 whose membership was divided between at least six generally elected magistrates (the predecessor of the Senate) and three-member "committees" representing each of the towns of the "Connecticut Colony (the predecessors of the House of Representatives). The "Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, adopted in 1639, renamed the committees to "deputies", the Corte to the Court, and established that the magistrates were generally elected for yearlong terms; the magistrate who received the highest number of votes would serve as governor for the year, so long as he had previously served as a magistrate and had not been governor the previous year. Other magistrates were elected deputy governor, secretary, and treasurer. Although the magistrates and deputies sat together, they voted separately and in 1645 it was decreed that a measure had to have the approval of both groups in order to pass. The "Charter of 1662 replaced the six magistrates with twelve assistants, not including the governor and deputy governor, and renamed the legislature to the General Assembly. In 1698, the General Assembly split into a bicameral body, divided between the Council and the House of Representatives. The Council contained the twelve assistants, deputy governor, and governor, who led the body, while the House was led by a Speaker elected from among its members. Because the governor led it and other notables sat in it, the Council took precedence to the House and when the two chambers were at odds, the House deferred to the Council. The "1818 constitution renamed the Council to the Senate, removed the governor and deputy governor from its membership, and removed all remaining judicial and executive authority from it, but it remained largely the same in that it still consisted of twelve generally elected members. It was in 1828 that senatorial districts were established and the number of senators revised to between eight and twenty-four; the number was altered to between twenty-four and thirty-six in 1901, with the General Assembly setting it at thirty-six immediately. Senatorial terms were raised to two years in 1875.[1]

In 1814–15, the "Hartford Convention met in the Connecticut Senate chamber of what is now the "Old State House.

Leadership of the Senate[edit]

The "Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut serves as the President of the Senate, but only casts a vote if required to break a tie. In his or her absence, the "President Pro Tempore of the Connecticut Senate presides. The President pro tempore is elected by the majority party caucus followed by confirmation of the entire Senate through a Senate Resolution. The President pro tempore is the chief leadership position in the Senate. The Senate "majority and "minority leaders are elected by their respective party caucuses.

The President of the Senate is "Nancy Wyman of the "Democratic Party. The President pro tempore is "Democrat "Martin M. Looney (D-"New Haven). The "Majority Leader is "Bob Duff (D-"Norwalk) and the "Minority Leader is "Len Fasano (R-"North Haven).

Current leadership[edit]

Position Senator District
"Lieutenant Governor "Nancy Wyman N/A
"President Pro Tempore "Martin M. Looney 11
"Co-President Pro Tempore "Len Fasano 34
"Majority Leader "Bob Duff 25
"Co-Majority Leader "Toni Boucher 26

Make-up of the Senate[edit]

The current makeup of the Connecticut Senate is evenly split between "Democrats and "Republicans at 18 seats for each caucus. However, Democrats hold the working majority in the Senate, with Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman casting the deciding vote in the event of a tie.

18 18
Democratic Republican
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
"Democratic "Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 22 14 36 0
Begin 22 14 36 0
End of previous legislature
Begin 20 15 35 1
End of previous legislature 21 36 0
Begin[2] 17 17 34 2
February 28, 2017[3] 18 18 36 0
Latest voting share 50%[4] 50%

Members of the Senate[edit]

Current members of the Connecticut Senate, as of February 28, 2017.

District Name[5] Party Hometown First elected Towns represented Occupation
1 "John Fonfara Dem "Hartford 1996 Hartford (part), "Wethersfield (part) Marketing Consultant
2 "Douglas McCrory Dem "Bloomfield 2017↑ Bloomfield (part), Hartford (part), "Windsor (part)
3 Tim Larson Dem "East Hartford 2014 East Hartford, "East Windsor, "Ellington (part), "South Windsor Insurance Executive
4 "Steve Cassano Dem "Manchester 2010 "Andover, "Bolton, "Glastonbury, Manchester Daycare Owner
5 "Beth Bye Dem "West Hartford 2010 Bloomfield (part), "Burlington, "Farmington (part), West Hartford Educator
6 "Theresa "Terry" Gerratana Dem "New Britain 2011 "Berlin, Farmington (part), New Britain Teacher
"7 "John A. Kissel Rep "Enfield 1992 "East Granby, Enfield, "Granby (part), "Somers, "Suffield, Windsor (part), "Windsor Locks Corporate Attorney
"8 "Kevin Witkos Rep "Canton 2008 "Avon, "Barkhamsted, "Canton, "Colebrook, Granby (part), "Hartland, "Harwinton (part), "New Hartford, "Norfolk, "Simsbury, "Torrington (part) Utility Executive
9 "Paul R. Doyle Dem "Wethersfield 2006 "Cromwell, "Middletown (part), "Newington, "Rocky Hill, Wethersfield (part) Attorney
10 "Gary Holder-Winfield Dem "New Haven 2014 New Haven (part), "West Haven (part) Photographer, Business Owner
11 "Martin M. Looney Dem "New Haven 1993 "Hamden (part), New Haven (part), "North Haven (part) Attorney
"12 "Ted Kennedy, Jr. Dem "Guilford 2014 "Branford, "Durham (part), Guilford, "Killingworth, "Madison, "North Branford Attorney
13 Len Suzio Rep "Meriden 2016 "Cheshire (part), Meriden, "Middlefield, Middletown (part)
14 "Gayle Slossberg Dem "Milford 2004 Milford, "Orange, West Haven (part), "Woodbridge (part) Retired Attorney
15 "Joan V. Hartley Dem "Waterbury 2000 "Middlebury (part), "Naugatuck (part), Waterbury (part) Teacher
16 "Joe Markley Rep "Southington 2010 Cheshire (part), "Prospect, "Southington, Waterbury (part), "Wolcott Teacher
17 "George Logan Rep "Ansonia 2016 "Ansonia, "Beacon Falls, "Bethany, "Derby, Hamden (part), Naugatuck (part), Woodbridge (part)
18 Heather Somers Rep "Groton 2016 "Griswold, "Groton, "North Stonington, "Plainfield, "Preston, "Sterling, "Stonington, "Voluntown
19 "Catherine A. Osten Dem "Columbia 2012 Columbia, "Franklin, "Hebron, "Lebanon, "Ledyard, "Lisbon, "Marlborough, "Montville (part), "Norwich, "Sprague Corrections officer
First Selectman
20 "Paul Formica Rep "East Lyme 2014 "Bozrah, "East Lyme, Montville (part), "New London, "Old Lyme, "Old Saybrook (part), "Salem, Waterford
21 "Kevin C. Kelly Rep "Stratford 2010 "Monroe (part), "Seymour (part), "Shelton, Stratford (part)
22 Marilyn Moore Dem "Bridgeport 2014 Bridgeport (part), Monroe (part), "Trumbull
23 "Ed Gomes Dem[6] "Bridgeport 2015↑
Bridgeport (part), Stratford (part)
24 Michael McLachlan Rep "Danbury 2008 "Bethel (part), Danbury, "New Fairfield, "Sherman
"25 "Bob Duff Dem "Norwalk 2000 "Darien (part), Norwalk Realtor
"26 "Toni Boucher Rep "Wilton 2008 Bethel (part), "New Canaan (part), "Redding, "Ridgefield, "Weston (part), "Westport (part), "Wilton Teacher
27 Carlo Leone Dem "Stamford 2011 Darien (part), Stamford (part) Financial Analyst
28 "Tony Hwang Rep "Fairfield 2014 "Easton, "Fairfield, "Newtown, Weston (part), Westport (part)
29 "Mae Flexer Dem "Danielson 2014 "Brooklyn, "Canterbury, "Killingly, "Mansfield, "Putnam, "Scotland, "Thompson, "Windham
30 "Craig Miner Rep "Litchfield 2016 "Brookfield, "Canaan, "Cornwall, Goshen, "Kent, "Litchfield, "Morris, "New Milford, "North Canaan, "Salisbury, "Sharon, Torrington (part), "Warren, "Winchester
31 "Henri Martin Rep Bristol 2014 Bristol, Harwinton (part), "Plainville, "Plymouth, "Thomaston Real Estate Business Owner
32 "Eric Berthel Rep "Watertown 2017↑ "Bethlehem, "Bridgewater, "Middlebury (part), "Oxford, "Roxbury, "Seymour (part), "Southbury, "Washington, "Watertown, "Woodbury Strategic Outreach
33 "Art Linares Rep "Westbrook 2012 "Chester, "Clinton, "Colchester, "Deep River, "East Haddam, "East Hampton, "Essex, "Haddam, "Lyme, "Old Saybrook (part), "Portland, "Westbrook Entrepreneur
34 "Len Fasano Rep North Haven 2002 "Durham (part), "East Haven, North Haven (part), "Wallingford Attorney
35 "Tony Guglielmo Rep "Stafford 1992 "Ashford, "Chaplin, "Coventry, "Eastford, Ellington (part), "Hampton, "Pomfret, "Stafford, "Tolland, "Union, "Vernon, "Willington, "Woodstock
36 "Scott Frantz Rep "Greenwich 2008 Greenwich, New Canaan (part), Stamford (part)

Past composition of the Senate[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Under the Gold Dome: An Insider's Look at the Connecticut Legislature, by Judge Robert Satter. New Haven: Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, 2004, pp. 16–27.
  2. ^ Democrat "Eric D. Coleman (District 2) and Republican "Rob Kane (District 32) resigned prior to the legislative session. [1]
  3. ^ Democrat "Douglas McCrory and Republican Eric C. Berthel elected to succeed Coleman and Kane, respectively.
  4. ^ A power-sharing agreement was reached dividing control of the chamber, splitting the committees 50–50 and giving power to the Republicans to call procedural votes to bring legislation to the chamber floor, while Lt. Gov. Wyman retains the ability to break tied votes. [2]
  5. ^ "Senate Members (listed alphabetically)". "Connecticut General Assembly. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Though Sen. Gomes was elected on the Working Families Party line, he remains a registered Democrat.

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