Connecticut State Rep. Lawrence G. Miller, who represented parts of Shelton and two other towns, has died at age 78.
Miller, a Stratford resident, had reportedly been ill since this winter. The Republican was first elected to represent the 122nd General Assembly district in 1990. The district currently includes parts of Stratford, Shelton and Trumbull.
On Sunday in the late afternoon, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy directed state of Connecticut flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Miller.
Malloy described Rep. Miller as “a dedicated and passionate legislator who served [his district] with great honor and distinction.”
‘Worked in a bipartisan manner’
“Whether it was leading the charge to recognize Gustave Whitehead as the first in flight in our nation or advocating to enhance our state’s environmental and energy policies, Larry Miller worked in a bipartisan manner to support the interests of his constituents and the citizens of Connecticut,” Malloy said.
“His presence will truly be missed in the Connecticut General Assembly,” Malloy said. “Cathy [the governor’s wife] and I send our condolences to his wife Mildred, his three children, and his constituents in the 122nd Assembly district.”
‘He will be greatly missed’
Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, a former state legislator from eastern Connecticut, said, “Larry Miller was a strong advocate for his constituents and for the state of Connecticut.
“I had the honor of working with him and knew him to be a dedicated leader, and a truly committed public servant,” Wyman said. “He will be greatly missed.”
State of Connecticut flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of his interment, the date of which has not yet been determined.
Was ‘the voice of local citizens’
State Sen. Kevin Kelly, whose four-town district includes Shelton and Stratford, also has worked with Miller. He released the following statement regarding the death of Miller.
“My heart goes out to the family of state Rep. Larry Miller,” Kelly said. “Larry was a incredible person who dedicated himself to serving our community. He brought the voice of local citizens to the state Capitol for over 20 years and always fought adamantly to improve Connecticut for all people.
“Most recently,” Kelly continued, “Larry led the state in recognizing Connecticut as first in flight. His efforts resulted in the passage of a resolution this year that celebrates our state’s innovative accomplishments in aviation. This legislation is now part of Larry’s legacy — a legacy that will inspire many.
“We lost not only a great legislator, but also a great person. Larry will be missed by all,” Kelly said.