State Sen. Kevin Kelly replaced as Republican leader

Sen. Kelly had been in the leadership role in 2020. He will continue to be a state senator.

Rose Shannon

Feb 16, 2024, 9:04 PM

Updated 61 days ago

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Republican state Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) has been replaced by state Sen. Stephen Harding (R-Brookfield) as the new Senate Republican leader.
The news was announced Friday afternoon. It is not clear why Kelly was replaced.
Sen. Kelly had been in the leadership role in 2020. He will continue to be a state senator.
In a statement, Kelly said he had incredibly honored to serve as the leader of the caucus and pledged to work with Harding going forward.
"Our caucus is made up of hard-working individuals who love our state and are ready to fight for it. Together we continue to stand up for policies that make our state more affordable for all people by reducing tax burdens on poor, working- and middle-class families, creating opportunities in education and jobs, and increasing health care access and affordability. Sen. Harding is extremely knowledgeable and cares deeply about the people of Connecticut. He will be an excellent Senate Republican Leader," says Kelly.
Harding says he is honored to been chosen to succeed Kelly.
"Sen. Kelly has served our caucus tirelessly for more than three years. As leader, I will make sure our caucus remains unified and focused on standing up for all people, offering solutions and showing a better path forward. From strengthening public safety, environmental, education, and health care policies to preserving fiscal discipline, we will work to give residents the stability and predictability they deserve. I thank Sen. Kelly for his leadership and look forward to the challenges ahead," says Harding.


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