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Office of the House Clerk

 

Historical Dates
 

 

1636

First Meeting House built.

1639

Fundamental Orders written.

1662

Two Representatives elected from each town.

1665

New Haven and Hartford Colonies merge to form the Connecticut Colony.

1720

First State House built.

1815

Hartford Convention.

1818

Constitution of 1818, specific separation of power between branches of Government.

1839

First Amistad Trail opens.

1860’s

Corridor between New Haven and New York experiences rapid development.

1878

State Capitol built at its current site on Capitol Avenue in Hartford.

1964

U.S Supreme Court reapportionment decision, Reynolds v. Sims. This case led to the constitutional convention of 1965.

1965

Current Connecticut Constitution ratified. One person one vote. Proportional representation begins.

1970

Legislature meets every year.

1975

Former State Representative Ella Grasso becomes first female Governor in U.S. history elected in her own right.

1988

Legislative Office Building constructed and renovation of the State Capitol completed.

1991

State Income tax passes.

1994

Former State Representative John G. Rowland elected Governor.

1995 – 1997

First time in history where all of the newly elected state executive officers had previously served as members of the Connecticut House at one time.

1996

President of Poland and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Lech Walesa, addresses the Joint Convention of the State Legislature.

1997

Thomas D. Ritter elected to unprecedented third term as Speaker.

1999

First female Speaker - Moira K. Lyons.

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