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Connecticut Senate

NameConnecticut State Senate
Coa PicSeal_of_Connecticut.svg
Session RoomConnecticut State Capitol, Hartford.jpg
House TypeUpper house
Term LimitsNone
New SessionJanuary 5, 2011
Leader1 TypePresident of the Senate
Leader1Nancy Wyman
Election1January 5, 2011
Leader2 TypePresident Pro Tempore of the Senate
Leader2Donald E. Williams, Jr.
Election2July 1, 2005
Leader3 TypeMajority Leader
Leader3Martin M. Looney
Election3January 8, 2003
Leader4 TypeMinority Leader
Leader4John P. McKinney
Election4June 14, 2007
Term Length2 years
AuthorityArticle III, Section 1, Connecticut Constitution
Last Election1November 2, 2010
(36 seats)
Next Election1November 6, 2012
(36 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Political Groups1Democratic Party (22)
Republican Party (14)
Meeting PlaceState Senate Chamber
Connecticut State Capitol
Hartford, Connecticut

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The Connecticut State Senate is the upper house of the Connecticut General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Connecticut. The state senate comprises 36 members, each representing a district with around 94,600 inhabitants. Senators are elected to two-year terms without term limits. The Connecticut State Senate is one of 14 state legislative upper houses whose members serve two-year terms; four-year terms are more common.

As in other upper houses of state and territorial legislatures and the federal U.S. Senate, the Senate is reserved with special functions such as confirming or rejecting gubernatorial appointments to the state's executive departments, the state cabinet, commissions and boards. Unlike a majority of U.S. state legislatures, both the Connecticut House of Representatives and the State Senate vote on the composition to the Connecticut Supreme Court.

The Senate meets within the State Capitol in Hartford.

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