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 June 29, 2023

Lowell P. Weicker, former senator and governor, dead at 92

The Republican Party lost one of its own this week.

Lowell P. Weicker, 92, a former Republican senator and governor of Connecticut, died at a local hospital in Middletown, CT, after a "short illness," according to Fox News.

Weicker served as governor of the state from 1991-1995.

Prior to serving as the state's leader, he was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 1962, and was described by some as a "maverick."

He would later make the jump to the U.S. Senate in 1971, serving until 1989. In that time, he made headlines due to his involvement as a member of the Senate’s special committee on Watergate in 1973.

Weicker served as one of three Republicans represented on the special committee.

In a memoir, "Maverick: A Life in Politics," Weicker held nothing back in his criticism of President Richard Nixon.

"More and more, events were making it clear that the Nixon White House was a cauldron of corruption," Weicker wrote. "And even as disclosures kept coming, more and more national leaders were acting as though nothing especially unusual had happened."

Fox News noted:

As senator, he sponsored the Protection and Advocacy for the Mentally Ill Act and introduced legislation that would become the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. As governor of Connecticut, Weicker fought against income tax increases but eventually relented, which helped fix Connecticut’s $963 million deficit.

Tributes poured in from the political world, including from current Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.

"It is with great sadness that we learn the news of the passing of former Governor Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. I am directing U.S. and state flags lowered in his honor effective immediately. Flags should remain lowered until the date of interment which has not yet been determined," the governor tweeted.

"A sad day. Thank you to Governor Lowell Weicker and his family for the positive impact he made on so many in Connecticut," gubernatorial candidate Robert Hotaling tweeted.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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