James R. Wagner, 75, who was sergeant at arms in the Connecticut House of Representatives for 22 years, died Monday of complications from bladder cancer.

Wagner served in the Marines and the National Guard and was a member of the Governor’s Foot Guard. He is survived by his longtime companion, Lynn England, a former employee of the Connectiut Republican Party.

Calling hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home in Manchester. The funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at Church of the Assumption in Manchester.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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