- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney is getting a new kidney.

The 68-year-old New Haven Democrat says a friend, one of about 30 people who volunteered to be considered, has been found to be a compatible donor.

Looney has suffered from a form of arthritis that affects the neck and spine since he was a teenager. Doctors told him his kidney problems are a side effect of some of the drugs used to treat that condition.

Surgery is scheduled for Dec. 20. Looney says he expects to be home in time for Christmas and back at work in time for Jan. 4 legislative session.

Looney has been a state senator since 1992. He was chosen as majority leader in 2003 before becoming president pro tempore in 2015.

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