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State Senator Martin Looney represents the 11th District, which is comprised of New Haven, Hamden-and as the result of redistricting-part of North Haven. The Democrat, the Senate majority leader, has no opponent for the race.
"I'm certainly looking forward to representing the people of North Haven," Looney said.
Looney was elected Senate majority leader in 2003 and has served in that capacity since. He also chairs the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee and is the vice chair of the Legislative Management Committee.
Looney has also served as the Senate chair of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee; chair of the Banks Committee; vice chair of the Bonding Subcommittee; and a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. He has served in the State Senate since 1993.
Looney said many of his accomplishments are tied to economic development and job creation programs.
"I advocated part of a jobs bill last October," said Looney.
The STEP-UP (Subsidized Training and Employment Program), he explained, provides incentives for small businesses to hire new employees. The program provides grants to small businesses to subsidize portions of salaries of those new employees for the first six months. Looney said an expansion of the bill has passed, so companies up to 100 employees can now participate.
There is also a program specifically for veterans, said Looney, "for businesses of any size to hire veterans."
Looney said he was also involved in the education reform bill to ensure "all schools graduate students" to make them ready to enter the workforce.
"We're finding the level of education required is much higher and more demand will be placed on our school systems," Looney said.
"Education, of course, connects to economic development," Looney added. "I want to make sure there is a strong connection with community colleges and employers so they're training people in areas that meet the needs of employers."
Looney said he plans to continue to work to make even more progress in the areas of economic development, job creation, and education.
Looney attended area schools. After graduating from Saint Rose School in New Haven and Notre Dame High School, he graduated cum laude from Fairfield University. Looney, a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow for graduate study, holds a master's degree in English from UConn and a J.D. from the UConn School of Law. He currently works as a partner at Keyes, Looney, and Murphy, a New Haven-based law firm.
In addition, Looney is a practitioner in residence with the Criminal Justice Program in the University of New Haven's Department of Public Safety and Security. He is also an adjunct faculty member in Quinnipiac University's Political Science Department.