Legislative session ends, 24 won't return

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June 14, 2012

Connecticut

By Justin Haas

HARTFORD, Connecticut: The close of the one-day special session on Wednesday marked the end of the tenure of at least 24 state legislators, 21 representatives and three senators who are not seeking re-election in 2012.[1]

The 21 open seats is unusually high, guaranteeing at least a 14% turnover in the House.[1]

House Majority Leader J. Brendan Sharkey said that the pace of Governor Dan Malloy was a major factor in making other legislators leave. He said, "It was the amount of time and energy it takes away from family and from business, now more than ever, that was a consistent factor."[1]

The Republican minority hopes to capitalize on this high turnover by adding to the advances they made in 2010, when they picked up 14 seats. However, 2012 is a presidential election year, and Democrats have gained seats in every presidential election since 1996.[1]

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