Winner of mayoral election, O’Brien resigns House seat

Rep. Tim O’Brien, D-New Britain, has resigned from the House, effective Tuesday.O’Brien, a state legislator for eight years, was elected mayor of New Britain last week, succeeding Republican Tim Stewart, who did not run.

“I look forward to building on my work in the state legislature to create a bright future for the people of New Britain,” O’Brien said in an emailed announcement. “I have always been humbled to serve as the State Representative from the 24th Assembly District, and I worked hard to do a good job for the people I represent. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me and my efforts over the years.”

At least until a special election is held, the 99-member House Democratic caucus will shrink to 98. The GOP has 52 seats.