State Rep. Livvy Floren to retire after current term

State Rep. Livvy Floren, seen here in her official photograph in Hartford, will not be running for a new term.

State Rep. Livvy Floren, seen here in her official photograph in Hartford, will not be running for a new term.

State Rep. Livvy Floren (R-149) announced Wednesday morning that she will not seek a new term in Hartford, bringing an end to a 14-year career in state government.

Ms. Floren cruised to reelection in 2012, her seventh term in office, and there had been much question whether she would run again. On Wednesday she ended that suspense with her announcement. This will be the second straight state election where a longtime Greenwich representative did not run. In 2012, Lile Gibbons, who had represented the 150th district for 12 years, did not run again, creating an open seat won by State Rep. Stephen Walko (R-150). There is expected to be much interest from both Greenwich Republicans and Democrats in running now.

Joking that she has never been shy, but she is retiring, Ms. Floren, whose district included backcountry Greenwich as well as a portion of Stamford, explained her decision to the Post on Wednesday morning.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve Greenwich and Stamford for the past 14 years and I am very grateful to my constituents, friends and neighbors for their longstanding loyal support,” Ms. Floren said. “I feel this is a perfect time in the life cycle of the delegation for a smooth and effective transition.”

There will be more coverage, including an interview with Ms. Floren, in the Feb. 6 edition of the Post.

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