State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt, D-Tolland, intends to resign from the General Assembly this week and accept a post as the executive director of the federal Farm Service Agency’ office in Connecticut.

On the recommendation of a screening committee, Hurlburt was nominated by Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney.

A special election will be scheduled to pick a successor for his 53rd House District seat, which represents Ashford, Tolland and Willington. He is expected to resign Friday and begin his new job April 22.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency has offices in every state, coordinating the dispensing of grants and loans to agricultural businesses.

Stephen Reviczky, the state agriculture commissioner, was on the screening committee that recommended Hurlburt.

“I have had the good fortune of working alongside Rep. Hurlburt and farmers on many issues critical to the viability of local farms and growing Connecticut agriculture. His energy and dedication have made a positive difference and make him an excellent choice for this important position,” Reviczky said.

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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