Martin Looney

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Martin Looney
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President pro tempore of the Connecticut Senate
Assumed office
January 7, 2015
Servingwith Len Fasano (2017–2019)
Preceded by Donald E. Williams Jr.
Member of the Connecticut Senate
from the 11th district
Assumed office
January 1993
Preceded by Anthony Avallone
Personal details
Born (1948-07-23) July 23, 1948 (age 72)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)Ellen Ritchie
Education Fairfield University (BA)
University of Connecticut, Storrs (MA)
University of Connecticut, Hartford (JD)

Martin M. Looney (born July 23, 1948) is an American politician. Looney, a Democrat, has been a state senator from Connecticut since 1993. From 2003 to 2014, Looney served as Majority Leader of the Senate; in 2015 he became President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

Looney, a resident of New Haven, represents the eastern half of the city as well as parts of Hamden and North Haven in the Connecticut Senate. He is also a part-time professor at Quinnipiac University and the University of New Haven in Hamden, CT and West Haven, CT, respectively, where he teaches classes such as State and Local Governments.

Looney was born in New Haven and graduated from Fairfield University and later received his M.A. in English from University of Connecticut followed by his J.D. from University of Connecticut School of Law Prior to being elected to the Connecticut Senate, Looney served as a Connecticut state representative.

In July 2016, Looney said he would "certainly" consider running for Governor of Connecticut if incumbent Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman decided not to run in the 2018 election. [1]

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Connecticut House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Carbone
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 96th district

1981–1993
Succeeded by
Cameron Staples
Connecticut State Senate
Preceded by
Anthony Avallone
Member of the Connecticut Senate
from the 11th district

1993–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
George Jepsen
Majority Leader of the Connecticut Senate
2003–2015
Succeeded by
Bob Duff
Preceded by
Donald E. Williams Jr.
President pro tempore of the Connecticut Senate
2015–present
Incumbent