Rep. Steve Mikutel

A 22-year veteran of the state House of Representatives, Griswold Democrat Steve Mikutel, announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election.

“Now it’s time for me to move on and give someone else the opportunity to serve,” Mikutel wrote in a statement to the media.

A moderate member of the House Democratic Caucus, Mikutel wrote that he regrets how government “has become increasingly dysfunctional, primarily due to the partisan polarization of our politics.

“I believed in bipartisanship and always urged Republicans and Democrats to find common ground.”

Mikutel represents the 45th Assembly District, which includes Griswold, Sterling, Voluntown and portions of Lisbon and Plainfield.

Vice chairman of the Transportation Committee, Mikutel also serves on the Commerce and Public Safety committees.

Keith has spent most of his 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

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