Ceci Maher

State Senator

Ceci Maher

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Working Together For Our Communities

September 26, 2023


HARTFORD – In a special session of the General Assembly held today, state Senator Ceci Maher (D-Weston) 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.

“These votes provide important support to the people of Connecticut,” Sen. Maher said. “I have the utmost confidence in Attorney Dannehy’s experience and moral tenacity in her extensive career; her service will continue to benefit the state. Additionally, moving up our state’s primary date will help bring more attention and support to the electoral process, bringing enhanced focus to our electoral process that will benefit voters.”

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 the state 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.