(Updated 3:30 p.m.) Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-Stonington, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2014 and last month was in a motor vehicle accident, announced Wednesday that he won’t seek re-election.
Maynard, who declined to be interviewed, said in a statement that it was an honor to serve.
“I want to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes, and I am grateful to live in such a beautiful and supportive community,” Maynard said. “I have made the decision to not seek re-election. There is much work to do this legislative session, and I am committed to continuing to work to create jobs, grow the economy and balance our budget.”
Maynard’s brain injury has made it difficult for him to speak.
Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven, who volunteered to adopt Maynard’s constituents while he was recovering from a fall at his home back in July 2014, said Maynard has been an “extraordinary friend and colleague.” He said Maynard has accomplished a great deal for his district and for the entire state.
“We are certainly going to miss him very much, but are counting on him to be active with us, engaged for the rest of this session,” Looney said.
Maynard, who was re-elected in 2014 even though he was unable to campaign, has been the subject of several newspaper editorials questioning his ability to continue to serve following a two-car motor vehicle accident in January. Maynard has not given any interviews since the accident in 2014.
Robert Reardon Jr., an attorney representing Maynard, told the Meriden-Record Journal that his client suffered a seizure, causing the January crash. As a result, Maynard will no longer drive himself to Hartford and will rely on others.
The press release from Maynard’s office Wednesday touted his accomplishments over the past decade in office.
It highlighted the bipartisan jobs bill approved during a special session in October 2011 and 2012 legislation helping establish the Small Business Express Program.
He was also instrumental in helping veterans. He helped pass legislation to offer unemployment compensation benefits to military spouses forced to leave their jobs due to a military relocation, and shepherded legislation to grant state tuition waivers to Connecticut’s public colleges and universities to the dependent children and surviving spouses of military personnel killed in active duty.
Sen. Joe Markley, R-Southington, who sits two seats away from Maynard in the Senate, said he will miss his colleague.
“There’s no getting around the fact that he’s one of the better liked people up here,” Markley said. “He’s an interesting man and he’s a good person to have in the Senate in terms of his independence and his desire to look at things without a strongly partisan point of view.”
Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, thanked Maynard for his ability to work in a bipartisan manner.
“I’ve personally worked with him on legislation addressing multiple environmental issues and I can attest to the fact that his hard work will leave a lasting impression on the Connecticut shoreline,” Fasano said in a statement. “He has been through so much and I wish him nothing but the best in his recovery and all future endeavors. His enthusiasm and dedication will be missed in the senate, and his positive attitude and determination will not be forgotten.”