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State leaders, lawmakers react to Hartford Mayor Bronin not seeking third term

Bronin said in his announcement that it was time to "pass the baton."

HARTFORD, Conn. — Hartford's Mayor Luke Bronin will not seek a third term.

That announcement was made Tuesday on social media, with Bronin sharing his thanks to the Hartford community in a video.

"This has not been an easy decision but it's the right one," Bronin said. "The most that any of us can hope for is do the work well and then pass the baton."

Bronin also addressed his announcement at a press conference.

“It has been an extraordinary honor to serve the city that I love,” Bronin said at the conference.

State leaders and lawmakers have expressed their reaction to Bronin's announcement. 

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Gov. Ned Lamont:

Luke Bronin has been one of Hartford’s most vocal advocates and a dedicated supporter of the revitalization of the city and its growth. He has been an important collaborator with our administration, including on issues concerning housing, public health, increased access to quality education, and public safety. Hartford has benefitted from his public service as mayor and I wish him and his family the best in their next endeavors.”

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal:

"Mayor Luke Bronin has been a superbly inspiring and effective leader — bringing vigor and vision to a truly tough job. He has governed with insight and humanity in combining fiscal responsibility with improved services. Mayor Bronin has stood strong for public health and education during the pandemic’s most severe challenges. His record of courage and wisdom in Hartford should lead to future opportunities for leadership."

U.S. Representative (CT-01) John Larson

“There has been no one more deeply involved and committed to the City of Hartford than Mayor Luke Bronin. During his time in office, there has been great progress to revitalize the city, support residents and small businesses during the pandemic, and restore people’s trust in government. That is why Mayor Bronin has been recognized nationwide for his leadership. It has been a true honor to partner with one of our nation’s hardest-working mayors, and I look forward to his continued partnership and service to the City of Hartford over the next year.”  


Bronin, 43, was sworn in as the 67th mayor of the City of Hartford on January 1, 2016 after he beat incumbent Pedro Segarra in the 2015 race.

Bronin was reelected to a second term in the November 2019 election against former Mayor Eddie Perez.

Prior to becoming mayor, Bronin served in senior positions in both federal and state government. In 2013, he was appointed by then-Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to serve as General Counsel.

Bronin also served in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Bronin served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and was a member of the military’s anti-corruption task force during his deployment to Afghanistan from September 2010 to April 2011.

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