Long-time lawmaker, State Representative Linda Orange passes away

New London

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont has ordered state flags at half staff in honor of the death of State Representative Linda Orange on Wednesday.

Governor Lamont tweeted the news of Rep. Orange’s death Wednesday evening, saying, “Linda truly loved serving the people of her district. She did lasting good work for Connecticut, and she will be missed.”

Orange was a Democratic Representative for 23 years for the 48th District of CT that included Colchester, Lebanon, Windham, and Mansfield.

Just 12 days ago, Rep. Orange announced she would be resigning in February 2020 to focus on treatment for Pancreatic Cancer.

“Linda Orange truly loved serving the people of her district – it was her passion and she always kept her constituents at the forefront of all her efforts.

She had an undeniably witty sense of humor and a charming character that brightened even the gloomiest of days.

– Governor Ned Lamont (D-CT)

Lamont went on to highlight that Orange was “one of the most ardent champions advocating on behalf of our state’s first-responders”

Speaker of the State House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington) said in a statement Wednesday night that Rep. Orange was a colleague and a good friend, who “was a beloved and respected presence at the Capitol.”

“She was a consummate professional as a legislator who cared deeply about her community.

Despite her personal health challenges, Linda continued to work tirelessly on behalf of her constituents, setting a standard we can all strive for.

Rep. Orange was one of those rare people who truly gave back to society more than she took. Our condolences go out to her family, and we will miss her greatly.”  

– Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington)

House Majority Leader Matt Ritter (D-Hartford) adding to the Speakers sentiments saying, “The House Democratic Caucus is missing a bright light today,” and citing her legacy in standing up for first-responders.

“Linda was one of the strongest legislators that I have known. She once battled the entire State Police hierarchy to ensure Troop K’s doors were open and its dispatch center was staffed.

I will miss my friend and colleague Linda Orange.”

– House Majority Leader Matt Ritter (D-Hartford)

On Thursday, her seat at the State Capitol was draped in black in mourning.

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