NORWALK, Conn. -- House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr., who has represented his hometown of Norwalk for 22 years in the state House, announced he will not seek re-election this fall, according to a letter to the editor to The Hour .
Cafero represents Norwalk and New Canaan as the state representative for the 142nd District.
In his letter to the editor, Cafero thanked the residents of his district and the people of Norwalk, New Canaan and Wilton he has served in his years in office.
"I believe that public service is and always has been a noble profession. The only motivation one needs to serve is a desire to make the little piece of the world they live in a better place," he said in the letter. "Only time and others will judge whether I accomplished that goal in my years of service, but it has been an absolute privilege and honor to serve."
Cafero, a Republican House leader, said he would look for other ways to serve his hometown.
"To participate in the legislative process and to debate, argue, negotiate and fight for laws to make Connecticut a better place to live, work and raise a family is an honor," he wrote in wrapping up his letter.
Cafero was first elected to serve the 142nd District in 1992 after serving six years on the Norwalk Board of Education. He is a graduate of Norwalk High School and earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a law degree from Western New England College School of Law. He is a partner with the law firm of Brown, Rudnick, of Hartford. He lives in Norwalk with his wife Barbara where they have raised their three children, Jacqueline, Christopher, and Nicholas.
State Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk/Darien) said he was saddened that Cafero, his fellow Norwalk legislator, does not plan to seek re-election this fall.
"It is with a great deal of sadness that I heard Larry Cafero won't seek re-election this fall," Duff said in a statement. "Larry is my friend and someone who I'm going to miss. We maybe from different political parties, but that never stopped us from coming together on issues that were right for our state and important to Norwalk. He is someone who I respect and so do Norwalk's voters, who've returned him to office many times.
"He has been an effective advocate for Norwalk and a wonderful partner. It will be tough not seeing Larry around the Capitol. I've learned a lot by working together and from watching him. There are few people with his keen political skill, institutional knowledge and amazing sense of humor.
"While the news is our loss, it is well deserved. Larry has a beautiful family, including his wife Barbara and three children. I wish the best for them as he walks a new path in his life journey."
Read the full text of Cafero's letter here at The Hour website.