The Democratic Party retained its 12-seat margin in the state Senate this week, holding the Stamford-based 27th District seat after a March 2 special election.

Rep. Patricia Billie Miller (D-Stamford) will move from the state House to the Senate after defeating Republican Joshua Esses and Indepdent Brian Merlen.

Miller succeeds Carlo Leone, who won a fifth term last November before resigning the day before the 2021 General Assembly convened to take a position as special adviser to Transportation Commissioner Joseph Giulietti.

There will be two special elections for the state House this Spring: one to fill Miller's seat and a second fill the 112th District vacancy created when Republican incumbent J.P. Sredzinski resigned last month.

Democrats hold 96 seats in the House and Republicans have 53, with two vacancies.