Thomas Herlihy

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Thomas J. Herlihy, Jr.
Connecticut Senator from the 8th District
In office
Preceded by James T. Fleming
Succeeded by Kevin Witkos
Constituency represents Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury, and Torrington
Personal details
Born (1956-11-29)November 29, 1956
Queens, New York
Died May 8, 2015(2015-05-08) (aged 58)
Political party Republican
Residence Simsbury

Thomas J. Herlihy, Jr. (November 29, 1956 – May 8, 2015) was an American politician and businessman. Herlihy, a Republican, was a resident of Simsbury, Connecticut. He was sworn in as a member of Simsbury's Board of Selectmen on December 7, 2009. Herlihy was the State Senator for the 8th Senatorial District from 1999 to 2009, representing the northwest suburbs of Hartford in the Farmington Valley and Litchfield County in the Connecticut Senate, including the towns of Avon, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, Hartland, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Simsbury, and Torrington.


Herlihy was born in Queens, New York and received a B.S. in Education from the University of Hartford. He taught in the Simsbury School District and then worked in the insurance business. In 1983, he started his insurance business in Simsbury: the T. J. Herlihy Insurance. From 1987 to 1990, Herlihy was on Simsbury's Board of Selectmen. In 1991, he was elected to the Board of Finance and served as chairman in 1996.[1] In 1997, he became the State Representative for the 16th Assembly District, a position he held until his election to the Senate. While at the General Assembly, Senator Herlihy was honored by the Connecticut State Firefighters Association for spearheading efforts to provide thermal imaging equipment for fire departments throughout Connecticut. After retiring from the Senate after five terms, Herlihy was once again re-elected to the Board of Selectmen on November 3, 2009. Herlihy died on May 8, 2015.[2][3]


  1. ^ "State Senator Thomas J. Herlihy". Archived from the original on 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  2. ^ 'Legislators Mourn Death of former Sen. Tom Herlihy,' Hartford Courant, Christopher Keat, May 11, 2015
  3. ^ Thomas Herlihy-obituary

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Connecticut House of Representatives
Preceded by
Paul Knierim
Connecticut state representative from the Sixteenth District
Succeeded by
Robert Heagney
Connecticut Senate
Preceded by
James Fleming
Connecticut Senator from the Eighth District
Succeeded by
Kevin Witkos
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Hogan
Simsbury Selectman
Succeeded by
Nancy Haase