The coronavirus pandemic has brought a premature end to the 2020 Connecticut General Assembly, along with the careers of at least a dozen lawmakers.

Three of the four legislative caucus leaders are among those not running for reelection this year.

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-Derby) was the latest to step away, announcing April 21 she will not seek another term this fall.

Klarides joins House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) and Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) in exiting the state legislature.

Senator President Martin Looney (D-New Haven) is the only caucus leader running for another term.


Klarides' announcement coincided with the four caucus leaders releasing a statement that the regular legislative session "will adjourn without any further action."

"We are already working on a plan to convene a special session in the coming months to ensure the continuity of government functions and that any necessary legislative action can be taken," they said.

Klarides served 22 years in the House representing the 114th District, the last six leading the GOP caucus.

Aresimowicz, who was first elected to the 30th District seat in 2005, became Majority Leader in 2013 and then House Speaker in 2017.

Fasano has represented the 34th Senate District since 2003, serving as minority leader from 2009-2016 and 2019 to 2020.

He served as Republican Senate President in 2018 and 2019 when the Senate was tied.

Other Legislators

The following state lawmakers have also decided not seek reelection: