State Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, will return to Hartford for her fourth term representing a district that stretches from Marlborough to Ledyard, beating back a challenge from Republican businessman Steve Weir with 54 percent of the vote.
“We ended up exactly where I was anticipating we would be at the end of the day,” Osten said. “I’m excited and honored to be reelected, because it lets you know what your job performance was.”
Speaking from the car as she drove up to Hartford, Osten said she was already putting in legislation requests for her fifth term. Among them are bills to require insurance companies to cover electric wheelchairs, create a grant program for manufacturers to upgrade equipment to make PPE, and to enshrine Native American education in Connecticut public schools.
“I’ll probably have 75 or 80 bills in by January,” Osten said.
Democrats gained power in the State Senate, but Osten did not anticipate any of Tuesday’s results meaningfully impacting her experience in state government.
“I don’t think anything will change,” Osten said. ‘I don’t see the makeup of the general assembly impacting the work that I do because my district is more moderate, and my bills will all have bipartisan support.”