State Sen. President Donald Williams Won't Seek Re-Election

Longtime state Senate President Donald Williams says he's not seeking re-election to the General Assembly.

The Brooklyn Democrat who has served in the Senate's top leadership role for a decade said Wednesday he is looking forward to "pursuing other challenges at the end of this term."

Williams has served in the state legislature for 22 years, representing northeastern Connecticut. A former first selectman of Thompson, Williams has also worked as a reporter and educator.

"It has been a great privilege and honor to serve the people of our state and my constituents in the great northeastern corner of Connecticut," Williams said in a statement.

He cited a recent job creation bill and legislation transforming the University of Connecticut and the state universities as some of his major accomplishments of his time in office. Williams has also pushed for the labeling of genetically modified foods and the creation of the Office of the Child Advocate.

Gov. Dannel Malloy issued a statement about Williams' decision on Wednesday afternoon.

"Don has been a great ally and friend. He works tirelessly for his constituents and fights hard for what he believes. I'm proud to have worked with him and to find a common ground on some of the most important issues of our day, including creating jobs and investing in our public schools," Malloy said.

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