2016 General Assembly Analysis

Democrats suffered a loss of seats to Republicans in both chambers as a result of last week’s General Assembly elections.

The final results indicate a loss of three Senate seats and a net loss of seven House Seats (Democrats won four and lost eleven races in which party seats were changed).

The final result yielded a reduced Democratic majority of 79-72 in the House while the Senate results ended with an 18-18 tie.  Before the elections, Democrats held an 86-65 House majority and a 21-15 advantage in the Senate.

The Senate tie still leaves Democrats with a slight edge as any tie votes are broken by the Lieutenant Governor, in this case Nancy Wyman, a Democrat.

The three Senate seats lost by Democrats were:

  • Senate District 13: Len Suzio-R defeated incumbent Dante Bartolomeo -D.
  • Senate 18: George Logan -R defeated incumbent Joseph Crisco -D.
  • Senate 19: Heather Somers-R defeated her opponent Tim Bowles-D for the seat vacated by the retirement of Andrew Maynard-D.

The four House seats moved to Democrats were:

  • District 40: Christine Conley-D defeated incumbent John Scott-R.
  • District 41: Joseph de la Cruz- D defeated incumbent Aundre Bumgardner-R.
  • District 50: Patrick Boyd-D defeated Nora Valentine-R in an open seat vacated by Mike Alberts-R.
  • District 103: Liz Linehan-D defeated Andrew Falvey-R in an open seat vacated by Al Adinolfi-R.

The eleven seats taken from Democrats by Republicans were:

  • District 22: William Petit-R defeated incumbent Betty Boukus-D.
  • District 36: Robert Siegrist-R defeated incumbent Phil Miller-D.
  • District 37: Holly Cheeseman-R defeated Beth Hogan-D in an open seat vacated by Ed Jutila-D.
  • District 44: Anne Dauphinais-R defeated incumbent Christine Randall-D.
  • District 45: Kevin Skulczyck-R defeated Tracey Hanson-D in an open seat vacated by Paul Brycki-D.
  • District 59: Carol Hall-R defeated Anthony DiPace-D in an open seat vacated by David Kiner-D.
  • District 60: Scott-Storms-R defeated Timothy Curtis-D in a seat vacated by Peggy Sayers-D.
  • District 64: Brian Ohler-R defeated William Riiska-D in a seat vacated by Roberta Willis-D.
  • District 81: John Fusco-R defeated incumbent David Zoni-D.
  • District 90: Craig Fishbein-R defeated Patrick Reynolds-D in a seat vacated by Mary Fritz-D.
  • District 105: Nicole Klarides-Ditra-R defeated incumbent Theresa Conroy-D.

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Ten Ways to Stop Gun Violence


Gun violence takes many forms so solutions to the problems don’t lend themselves to “one size-fits-all” remedies. Here is our list of the top ten priorities for attacking the gun violence problem.

  1. Smart Guns

Smart gun technologies, in which Smart guns, or personalized guns, are designed to be useless unless unlocked by radio signal or a biometric authenticator such as voice activation, fingerprints, or a retina scan could help prevent gun deaths in many important ways including:

  1. The hundreds of thousands of guns stolen every year could be rendered harmless.
  2. Gun accidents in the home could be reduced, especially among children.
  3. Suicidal teenagers would be prevented from appropriating their parents’ guns.

The term smart gun has been trademarked by the gun manufacturer Mossberg.

To read the entire list click here.

Connecticut has for the third consecutive year been ranked by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence as having the second strongest gun laws in the nation

As in the past, the rankings reveal a strong correlation between smart gun laws and fewer gun deaths—states with the weakest laws, like Wyoming and Mississippi have some of the highest gun death rates in the country, while states with strong laws, like California and Connecticut, have some of the lowest gun death rates. Simply put, the Scorecard shows that gun laws save lives.

Click here to see how all the states rank.

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