Connecticut State Rep. Lawrence G. Miller has died at the age of 78.

Miller has reportedly been ill since this winter. A Republican, represented the 122 General Assembly district including parts of Trumbull, Stratford and Shelton, since 1991.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today directed State of Connecticut flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Miller.

“Larry Miller was a dedicated and passionate legislator who served Stratford, Shelton, and Trumbull since 1991 in the Connecticut General Assembly with great honor and distinction,” Malloy said.

“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.  His presence will truly be missed in the Connecticut General Assembly.  Cathy and I send our condolences to his wife Mildred, his three children, and his constituents in the 122nd Assembly district.”

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman 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.  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.

Senator Kevin Kelly, has worked with Miller. He released the following statement regarding the death of Miller.

“My heart goes out to the family of State Representative Larry Miller. 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 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.”