In stocking top positions for his new administration, Gov. Malloy has also set in motion nine special elections to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 22, in legislative districts across Connecticut..

There are nine vacant seats in the legislature, most of them due to lawmakers moving over to the executive branch. Six of the legislators leaving the General Assembly were co-chairs of various committees, including both chairs of the Judiciary Committee.

According to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, “The timetable for these special elections is very compressed: major parties now have until January 18th to endorse candidates for these State Senate and House seats.”

Those elected would fill the seats of:

Sen. Don DeFronzo (D-New Britain), previously co-chair of the Transportation Committee, who will become commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services.

Sen. Tom Gaffey (D-Meriden), co-chair of the Education Committee, who resigned his seat this week

Sen. Andrew McDonald (D-Stamford), previously co-chair of the Judiciary Committee, who is becoming the governor’s chief legal counsel

Rep. Christopher Caruso (D-Bridgeport), becoming an urban policy advisor in the Department of Economic and Community Development

Rep. John Geragosian (D-New Britain), previously co-chair of the Appropriations Committee, nominated to be a state auditor.

Rep. Deborah Heinrich (D-Madison), named by Malloy to head a new Community Nonprofit Human Services Cabinet

Rep. Michael Lawlor (D-East Haven), previously co-chair of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, now undersecretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning in the Office of Policy and Management.

Rep. David McCluskey (D-West Hartford), tapped by Malloy to serve on the state’s Board of Pardons and Parole.

Rep. Jamie Spallone (D-Essex), previously co-chair of the Government Administration and Elections Committee (GAE), is deputy secretary of the state.

The legislature’s new committee chairs and ranking members have been chosen, and committee deadlines set.

In November, Republicans picked up 14 seats in the House and one more Senate seat, for a revised tally of 23 Democrats and 13 Republicans in the Senate and 100 Democrats and 51 Republicans in the House. Now, with the nine special elections, those numbers could change.

For more information, contact CBIA’s Bonnie Stewart at 860.244.1925 or