Two veteran Democratic legislators are both retiring from the General Assembly after 20 years.
Deputy Speaker Marie Kirkley-Bey will announce her retirement Wednesday at a star-studded press conference at the state Capitol that will include former House Speakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Kirkley-Bey won her first election to the legislature in November 1992 and joined the General Assembly during the tenure of Gov. Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. in January 1993.
Besides Malloy, the group that will join Kirkley-Bey at the retirement announcement include the current House Speaker, Christopher Donovan of Meriden, and the future House Speaker, J. Brendan Sharkey of Hamden. Former Speakers Tom Ritter of Hartford and James Amann of Milford, who worked with Kirkley-Bey, and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra are scheduled to attend at 11 a.m. in the historic Old Judiciary Room at the Capitol.
One of Kirkley-Bey's classmates from nearly 20 years ago, Rep. Richard Roy of Milford, is also retiring. As co-chairman of the legislature's environment committee, Roy has been involved in many of the battles involving clean air and clean water.
Like Kirkley-Bey, Roy found his district substantially redrawn in the recent reapportionment of all 151 House of Representatives seats.
“My wife and I have been discussing the possibility of not running again for many months,” Roy said in a statement. “The results of the redistricting effort just made my decision easier.”
Roy was heavily involved in some high-profile legislation, including the ban on the use of cell phones while driving and banning the use of the chemical BPA from both baby bottles and store receipts.
“Dick Roy has served the people of his 119th District with distinction for 20 years,” Donovan said in a statement. “He has made important contributions to Connecticut as chair of the legislature’s Environment Committee, and he has worked tirelessly with legislators from across the country to set policy and direction on issues involving agriculture, the environment and energy. His professional and effective presence will be missed in Hartford.”
Roy said he is not going way.
“The chemical industry needs to change the way it does business and develop less toxic products,” he said. "I will continue to fight that fight on behalf of Connecticut residents.''
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