Contact: Adam Joseph
February 17, 2016
State Senator Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington) announced today that he will not run for reelection in November. Maynard is serving his fifth term in the Connecticut General Assembly representing the 18th Senatorial District. First elected in November 2006, he is currently the Senate Chair of the legislature’s Transportation Committee.
“It has been an honor to serve in the Senate on behalf of my neighbors and the people of the 18th District,” said Senator Maynard. “I want to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes, and I am grateful to live in such a beautiful and supportive community. I have made the decision to not seek reelection. There is much work to do this legislative session, and I am committed to continuing to work to create jobs, grow the economy and balance our budget.”
For years, Senator Maynard has worked to grow Connecticut jobs and catalyze regional and local economies. In 2011 and 2012, he fought for the passage and expansion of a landmark Jobs Bill. The legislation offers incentives for businesses to hire post-9/11 combat veterans, rewards businesses that relocate overseas jobs back to Connecticut, and promotes Connecticut’s economic and cultural treasures. Additionally, 2012 legislation expanded upon the highly popular Small Business Express Program, which provides loans and grants to small business to spur job creation and business growth. The legislation opened up eligibility for the program to an additional 3,600 Connecticut businesses.
Senator Maynard previously served as chair of the Select Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for four years, where he worked across party lines as a dedicated advocate for Connecticut’s military personnel, their families and veterans. He has passed legislation to permanently offer unemployment compensation benefits to military spouses forced to leave their jobs due to a military relocation, and has shepherded legislation to grant state tuition waivers to Connecticut’s public colleges and universities to the dependent children and surviving spouses of military personnel killed in active duty.
Committed to his district, Senator Maynard has secured state assistance for much-needed projects and initiatives across the region. He secured funding for the new Griswold Senior Center expansion to relieve overcrowding and serve the local senior population, and worked tirelessly to fund repairs to Fort Griswold in Groton, including the restoration of the monument’s granite obelisk. In 2014 he spearheaded the creation of the Connecticut Port Authority as a quasi-public agency to coordinate the development and marketing of state ports.
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