Top Connecticut Democrats are mourning the death of former Secretary of the State Julia Tashjian.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy credited Tashjian with making "great strides to modernize the office." He said he'll remember her cheerful demeanor and pride in her Armenian American heritage. Tashjian was the daughter of Armenian refugees.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill confirmed Friday that Tashjian died suddenly on Thursday from a heart attack. She was 75 years old.
A resident of Windsor, Tashjian served two terms as Secretary of the State, from 1983 to 1991.
Merrill called Tashjian "a self-made woman of the modern political era," in the mold of former Gov. Ella Grasso and "a fierce defender of democracy."
Tashjian had previously served as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
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