- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Republicans in the state Senate say Thomas Herlihy, a former colleague, has died. He was 58.

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano said Herlihy was “always grateful to serve.” A cause of death was not released.

Herlihy, a Simsbury Republican, represented several western Connecticut towns in the Senate from 1999 to 2009.

Witkos said Herlihy, a teacher, inspired his students and had a deep appreciation for his constituents. He also owned an insurance business.

Herlihy won a close election in 2006. With a winning margin of 367 votes, he was declared the winner the next day.

He is credited with helping find a solution, including building a runaway truck ramp, on Avon Mountain where four people were killed and more than a dozen injured in a 2005 truck crash.

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