By Brenda Sullivan – HTNP News Editor
Longtime Democratic East Hampton State Rep. Gail Hamm has died.
Rep. Hamm, 62, who had been in ill health for an extended period, was well respected for her advocacy on behalf of children.
Rep. Hamm served the 34th Assembly District for 7 terms, from 1999-2012, until it was re-districted and she announced her retirement.
According to CTNewsJunkie -
Even as her health was failing in her last term, Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz said Hamm would come to Hartford to fulfill the duties of her office because ‘she didn’t want to let down her constituents.’ ”
Aresimowicz said he received the news of Hamm’s death Thursday morning, Oct. 24, and his thoughts and prayers are with Hamm’s friends and family.
When Rep. Hamm announced her retirement in March 2012, she listed as among the highlights of her political career –
- Decriminalizing offender status for 16 and 17 year olds
- Advocating for constituents concerning the Department of Children and Families and Connecticut Juvenile Training School
- Preservation and restoration of the Comstock Bridge
- Updating safety regulations at the Kleen Energy Power Plant
- Providing funds for the Chatham Historical Society
- Repealing the sales tax on caskets
- Securing funding for Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton
- Establishing the Governor William A. O’Neill highway
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman today released the following statements on her passing -
“Gail Hamm was a passionate woman who loved the people of her district, most notably dedicating in her legislative career as a champion for the safety and well-being of children,” Gov. Malloy said. “She worked tirelessly with her colleagues at the State Capitol, and her presence will undoubtedly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this difficult time.”
Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said, “Gail was always extraordinarily thoughtful and knowledgeable and ready to fight hard for the issues she believed in. Even during her illness, her energy and commitment to her constituents never faltered, and I will always admire her for that.”
Posted October 24, 2013
Related links –
East Hampton Today, Rep. Hamm announces her retirement, http://easthampton.htnp.com/2012/03/02/in-east-hampton-rep-hamm-announces-retirement-from-state-legislature/
East Hampton Today, Rep. Hamm honored by house as she retires, http://easthampton.htnp.com/2012/05/07/in-east-hampton-rep-hamm-honored-by-house-as-she-retires/
Receipt of award from teachers http://blogcea.org/2013/02/07/hamm-cea-award/
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