Updated: Sunday, 26 Aug 2012, 6:25 PM EDT
Published : Sunday, 26 Aug 2012, 5:16 PM EDT
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says George L. "Doc" Gunther, a fixture in the Connecticut Senate, has died.
In a statement Sunday, Malloy credited Gunther for fighting to protect the environment and preserve open space
The Connecticut Post says Gunther, a Republican, died at a hospice on Sunday after a long battle with cancer and that he was 92.
He represented the towns of Shelton, Stratford and parts of Monroe and Seymour from 1966 until he retired in 2006. The newspaper says he was the longest-serving senator in state history.
In interviews with the Connecticut Post, Gunther took credit for helping pass key conservation laws such as the tidal wetlands law in 1969 and legislation to recycle bottles following an eight-year battle.