Larson wins 8th term in state's 1st District - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Larson wins 8th term in state's 1st District

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EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Democrat John Larson was elected to his eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday night after he beat political newcomer John Henry Decker by a three-to-one-margin.

Larson, who has served the Connecticut's 1st Congressional District since 1999, defeated Decker as well as Green Party candidate Michael DeRosa.

During his victory speech, Larson, who is chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and a high-ranking member of the Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives,  thanked his "supportive family" and "his hard-working staff."

"We are keeping the eagle flying," he said.

Larson, 64, of East Hartford was also supportive of Democrat Chris Murphy who defeated Republican Linda McMahon for the United States Senate seat. 

Both candidates were vying for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman.

"Not bad for riding those (president Barack) Obama coattails," he said Tuesday night.

Larson said he was proud to introduce the jobs plan that Obama had created.

"It has been my honor to serve under President Barack Obama," he said.

Larson expressed his disappointment that the Democratic party will likely not take back the U.S. House of Representatives by the end of Election Day. However, he pledged to work with Republicans to get more done in Washington.

"How important it is for us all to come together and work on behalf of this great country, not abandoning anything that we stood for and fought for, like Social Security, and Medicare, and yes, ObamaCare," he said.

Connecticut's 1st Congressional District consists of 27 cities and towns from Hartford, Litchfield, and Middlesex counties including Manchester, East Hartford and Torrington.

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