State Rep. Linda Orange resigns for health reasons

State Rep. Linda Orange, a Democrat who represents Colchester, Lebanon, Windham and Mansfield, announced Friday that she is resigning from the General Assembly because she has pancreatic cancer.

Today I announce my resignation as state representative, effective February 1, 2020. I have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and will need all of my focus and energy devoted to my treatment,'' Orange said in a statement.

“I have enjoyed working with the people of the 48th District and with all of the towns that I have served over the years. Being your state representative for the past 23 years has been an honor and a joy. To my friends and colleagues: we have laughed a lot, we have agreed and disagreed and we have always come together to reach a compromise. I am very proud of the work that we have done together.”

In a joint statement, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz and House Majority Leader Matt Ritter called Orange “a fierce legislator.”

"Linda is a champion for eastern Connecticut and has an incredible depth of knowledge, especially on public safety issues. If an issue touches police or fire, we know to check in with Linda,'' they said.

“Everyone in Colchester and eastern Connecticut can probably relate – you know when Linda enters the room; and her famous ‘Bye-bye now’ as she leaves. Her voice carries ... and carries. But her voice also makes you smile. Her humor and incredible commitment always come through the loudest. The Connecticut House of Representatives will miss our friend Linda Orange.”

Orange was elected to the Legislature in 1996. She is a Colchester resident.

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