Toni Harp

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Toni Harp
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50th Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut
Assumed office
January 1, 2014
Preceded by John DeStefano, Jr.
Member of the Connecticut Senate
from the 10th district
In office
January 1993 (1993-Jan) – January 2013 (2013-Jan)
Preceded by Charles H. Allen III
Succeeded by Gary Holder-Winfield
Personal details
Born San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Roosevelt University
Yale University (M.E.D.)

Toni Nathaniel Harp is an American politician who currently serves as the 50th Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut. Harp, a Democrat, was a state senator in Connecticut from 1993 to 2013. A resident of New Haven, Harp represented the western half of the city as well as part of West Haven while in the Connecticut Senate.


Harp was born in San Francisco and graduated from Roosevelt University and received a Master of Environmental Design[1] from Yale University. Prior to becoming mayor in the City of New Haven, Harp served as a State Senator and a New Haven Alderman; she defeated incumbent Senator Charles H. Allen III for the Democratic nomination in 1992.

In 2007 Harp introduced a bill to have the state pay for free diapers for poor mothers.[2]

In Spring 2013, Harp announced her intention to run for Mayor of New Haven, a position long held by John DeStefano, Jr..[3] Harp won the election over her opponent, Justin Elicker, by 10,602 to 8,865 votes, or 54.46 percent to 45.54 percent.[4] She is the first woman and the second African American (after John C. Daniels) to serve as Mayor of New Haven.

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  2. ^, Connecticut News and Weather - Bill would help poor parents pay for diapers
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  4. ^ Toni Harp Elected Mayor | New Haven Independent

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Political offices
Preceded by
John DeStefano, Jr.
Mayor of the City of New Haven