New Haven Democrat Martin Looney has been chosen to be the Connecticut Senate President in the new session that begins in January.
Looney is one of several leaders of the upper chamber of the state General Assembly selected by their members on Thursday.
He has served as Connecticut Senate majority leader since 2003. He is expected to be officially elected president by the full Senate in January. Looney will replace Donald Williams of Brooklyn, who did not seek re-election.
Looney said he’s honored to have been selected to lead the body .
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, left, talks with Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin during a break at the New England Governors and eastern Canadian Premiers 38th annual conference, Monday, July 14, 2014, in Bretton Woods, N.H.
Connecticut Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy announced on Tuesday that the state ended its fiscal year in June with a $121.3 million budget surplus. The surplus is now nearly four times what the Malloy administration had projected just a month ago.