Saud Anwar

State Senator

Saud Anwar

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Working For You

September 26, 2023


HARTFORD – In a special session of the General Assembly held today, state Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor) voted to approve Attorney Nora Dannehy for a seat on the Connecticut State Supreme Court and to move Connecticut’s presidential primary date up four weeks from April 30 to April 2.

“Today’s special session allows us opportunities to take action on these important topics. Attorney Dannehy has the experience, skills and moral compass in her extensive career that makes her an excellent choice for the state Supreme Court. Additionally, by shifting our state’s presidential primary up nearly a month, it gives Connecticut a bigger seat at the table, adding relevancy and importance to an important process.”

Attorney Dannehy is being named to fill the seat most recently held by the Honorable Maria Araújo Kahn, who resigned earlier this year after being confirmed to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Attorney Dannehy earned a B.A. in political science and French from Wellesley College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She has served in several roles with the U.S. Department of Justice, as Connecticut’s Deputy Attorney General, as Associate General Counsel for Global Ethics and Compliance for United Technologies Corporation, as Counsel to the U.S. Attorney, and as General Counsel to Governor Lamont from 2021 until January 2023.

The change in Connecticut’s presidential primary date will align us with presidential primary dates in New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Delaware and could give Connecticut more influence in helping determine the ultimate nominees for the general election.