Photo courtesy of McMahon's legislative web site

State Rep. Faith McMahon, 65, a three-term representative and Bloomfield’s first female mayor, died of cancer Tuesday at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

“Faith lived to serve her community and her state, and she did so with passion and diligence,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell said in a statement. “We will all miss her here at the State Capitol. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family and friends.” Rell ordered the state flag to half staff in her honor.

Windsor Democratic Town Committee Chairman Leo Canty said Faith had her finger on the pulse of the community she served. Her experience as an elementary school teacher in Windsor for 35 years and as Bloomfield’s mayor for 10 years uniquely positioned her to serve her district well, he said. McMahon’s district included Bloomfield and part of Windsor.

“Today, the State of Connecticut truly lost a leading advocate and voice for our children, and I lost a dear friend,” U.S. Rep. John Larson said in a statement released Wednesday morning.  “Representative Faith McMahon served the Towns of Bloomfield and Windsor with distinction and honor as a member of the Town Council, Mayor, and as a State Representative. She taught in the Windsor School System for 35 years and was a champion for children’s rights as the Chair of the Select Committee on Children. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband Bill and her children. I and the residents of Bloomfield and Windsor were truly grateful for her service to the community, the state, and our country.”

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