Gov.-elect Dan Malloy tapped a longtime assistant attorney general, Anthony Jannotta, to join his legal team on Thursday.

Jannotta, who will work under Malloy’s general counsel, Andrew J. McDonald, has spent the past decade-and-a-half working for Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

“Anthony Jannotta is well respected in Connecticut’s legal community, and someone who has significant experience advocating on behalf of the state’s citizens,” Malloy said. “Anthony has been a public servant for over 15 years, and I’m glad he’s agreed to continue that service in my office.”

For the past seven years, Jannotta served on Blumenthal’s executive staff. An experienced litigator, who has been lead counsel on the multi-state panel of attorneys general responsible investigating reports of sexual exploitation on Craigslist and other Internet sites.

He also was a member of a special unit of assistant attorneys general admitted to prosecute criminal cases.

“I am honored to have been asked by Governor-elect Malloy to serve in his administration,” Jannotta said. “It allows me to continue to serve the people of the state of Connecticut and play a significant role in helping Governor-elect Malloy bring about change for Connecticut’s families by creating jobs and being a leader for responsible government.”

Jannotta is a graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School, Boston College, and Quinnipiac University School of Law.

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