Holder-Winfield quits House, joins Senate

Sen. Gary Holder-Winfield addresses colleagues after taking the oath of office.

CT Mirror

Sen. Gary Holder-Winfield addresses colleagues after taking the oath of office.

Gary Holder-Winfield resigned Friday from the House of Representatives and immediately took his place in the Connecticut Senate.

Holder-Winfield, a Democrat from New Haven, was elected Tuesday in a special election to succeed Toni Harp, who resigned her Senate seat after her election as mayor of New Haven.

“Thank you all for coming,” Holder-Winfield told an audience of lawmakers and staff member from both chambers after taking the oath of office in the Senate. “I, strangely enough, though it would just be a couple of us here.”

In his first speech in the Senate, Holder-Winfield was brief. He thanked his wife, Natalie, and his assembled colleagues, then said, “I am done. Let’s get to work.”

Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, was a little-known local official when he took the same oath of office after winning a special election in January 1993.

“I think there were five people here,” Williams said. “I think leadership was just relieved I won.”

The stakes were higher then: If Williams had lost, the Senate would have been divided, 18-18.

Holder-Winfield’s election gives the Democrats a majority of 22-14.

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