State Rep. Bruce “Zeke” Zalaski of Southington announced Wednesday morning that he won’t be seeking re-election this fall.
The five-term co-chairman of the legislature’s Labor and Public Employees Committee said in a press release that after 10 years he “decided to leave due to family considerations.”
“This will also give someone else an opportunity to run for my office and serve the great people of Southington,” Zalaski, 61, said.
Zalaski fought to increase the minimum wage this year and is considered a friend to the labor movement. He earned a reputation as a lawmaker with endurance after he handled an 11-hour debate on paid sick leave last year.
But Zalaski’s last year in office didn’t come without struggles. In December he was arrested on a drunken-driving charge and had his license suspended for six months. He won’t be able to drive again until August 4.
Zalaski is just one of several lawmakers announcing their retirements Wednesday, the final day of the 2012 legislative session.
Sen. Edith Prague, D-Columbia, Zalaski’s co-chairwoman on the Labor and Public Employees Committee, also will officially announce her retirement today.
The Day of New London was the first to publish a report about Prague’s retirement.