The Latest: Susan Bysiewicz sworn in as lieutenant governor

Published 01-09-2019

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Latest on Inauguration Day and opening day of Connecticut General Assembly (all times local):

11:30

Susan Bysiewicz (BY'-suh-wits), a former secretary of the state and state representative, has been sworn in as Connecticut's new lieutenant governor.

The Democrat took the oath of office on Wednesday in the state Senate, the General Assembly chamber where she will preside. Her running mate, Gov.-elect Ned Lamont, will take the oath of office at a 12:30 p.m. inaugural ceremony at the nearby state armory.

Bysiewicz succeeds outgoing Democratic Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

An attorney from Middletown, the 57-year-old Bysiewicz says she and Lamont are ready to address state's challenges. She says they'll work for paid family medical leave and fight for equality.

Quoting former Democratic Gov. Ella T. Grasso, she said "it's not enough to profess faith in the democratic process. We must do something about it."

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11 a.m.

Connecticut lawmakers have taken the oath of office and re-elected their top leaders.

Democratic Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney of New Haven and House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM'-oh-wits) of Berlin returned to their leadership posts on Wednesday, opening day of the 2019 General Assembly session.

It's also Inauguration Day for Democratic Gov.-

Quoting former Democratic Gov. Ella T. Grasso, she said "it's not enough to profess faith in the democratic process. We must do something about it."

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11 a.m.

Connecticut lawmakers have taken the oath of office and re-elected their top leaders.

Democratic Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney of New Haven and House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM'-oh-wits) of Berlin returned to their leadership posts on Wednesday, opening day of the 2019 General Assembly session.

It's also Inauguration Day for Democratic Gov.-elect Ned Lamont.

Democrats will have a stronger presence in the legislature this year. After Election Day, it appeared they will hold a 23-13 majority in the Senate and a 92-59 advantage in the House. But those numbers may change. There will be five special elections - three for Senate districts and two for House districts - to fill the seats of lawmakers who resigned to take jobs with the Lamont administration.

11 a.m.

Connecticut lawmakers have taken the oath of office and re-elected their top leaders.

Democratic Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney of New Haven and House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM'-oh-wits) of Berlin returned to their leadership posts on Wednesday, opening day of the 2019 General Assembly session.

It's also Inauguration Day for Democratic Gov.-elect Ned Lamont.

Democrats will have a stronger presence in the legislature this year. After Election Day, it appeared they will hold a 23-13 majority in the Senate and a 92-59 advantage in the House. But those numbers may change. There will be five special elections - three for Senate districts and two for House districts - to fill the seats of lawmakers who resigned to take jobs with the Lamont administration.

There's also one House seat that's in dispute.

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1:10 a.m.

Gov.-elect Ned Lamont is expected to deliver a dual message of optimism and realism as he takes the oath of office, becoming the state's 89th governor.

Wednesday marks Inauguration Day in Hartford, when Lamont, a Democrat, will be sworn in during a ceremony at the state armory.

Following a 19-gun artillery salute, a Connecticut National Guard flyover and a parade, Lamont will later address a joint session of the General Assembly. Wednesday also marks opening day for the new legislative session.

Lamont is scheduled to speak at both events. He says he plans to convey a "spirit of optimism" but also acknowledge the fiscal challenges Connecticut faces. The new fiscal year is projected to carry an approximate $2 billion deficit.

Lamont succeeds Democrat Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who did not seek re-election.

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