Matthew D. Ritter

Sharkey Announces Retirement Sunday Night

Sharkey Announces Retirement Sunday Night

After a difficult session and a long struggle with the state budget deficits, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said Sunday night that he will not be seeking reelection and will retire from the legislature.

Sharkey told The Courant that he had expected to make the announcement Monday, but the process was speeded up as word leaked out on Sunday.

Sharkey conceded that the job has been exhausting lately with the battles over the state budget, but he said he knew there would be difficult decisions when he agreed to take the job as Speaker. But unexpected problems began right away.

"I started my term as Speaker following the Newtown tragedy,'' Sharkey said, referring to...