My recent decision to not seek another term representing Hamden, the best community in Connecticut, in the legislature, and thus also relinquish my post as Speaker of the House of Representatives, was a tough one.
As I begin to reflect upon my time serving the families of my hometown Hamden, as well as the state, for the past 16 years, one thing is clear, it has been an honor and a privilege to represent all of you. I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges, and relished working with my colleagues in the legislature on both sides of the political aisle.
For years, I have been touting the benefits of municipalities cooperating with surrounding towns to regionalize some of the services they provide families and businesses, because it helps reduce costs and lower property taxes.
In addition to overseeing the Connecticut House of Representatives, as Speaker of the House I am often invited to address a variety of organizations ranging from chambers of commerce to advocacy groups.
During a public hearing March 15 in the Judiciary Committee on legislation (HB5054, HB5623) designed to increase protection for victims of domestic violence, my hometown neighbor State Representative Robyn Porter (D-Hamden, New Haven), a member of the committee, shared a story that helped emphasize in a very personal way how this proposal can save lives.