Martin Looney

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Martin M. Looney
President Pro Tempore of the
Connecticut Senate
Assumed office
January 7, 2015
Preceded by Donald E. Williams, Jr.
Connecticut Senator
from the 11th District
Assumed office
Preceded by Anthony V. Avallone
Constituency represents Hamden, and New Haven
Personal details
Born (1948-07-23) July 23, 1948 (age 69)
New Haven, Connecticut
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ellen Ritchie
Residence New Haven

Martin M. Looney (born July 23, 1948) is an American politician. Looney, a Democrat, has been a state senator from Connecticut since 1993. From 2003–2014, 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 part of Hamden 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.[1]

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Connecticut House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Carbone
Connecticut state representative for the Ninety-Sixth District
Succeeded by
Cameron C. Staples
Connecticut Senate
Preceded by
Anthony V. Avallone
Connecticut Senator from the Eleventh District
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
George Jepsen
Majority Leader of the Connecticut Senate
Succeeded by
Bob Duff