Sen. Maynard returns to legislature after serious injury

State Senator Andrew Maynard

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut state Sen. Andrew Maynard received a standing ovation in his return to the legislature, six months after suffering a traumatic head injury in a fall outside his home.

The Stonington Democrat waved to fellow senators as they cheered for him Wednesday morning on the opening day of the 2015 legislative session. He was scheduled to be sworn in to a fifth term in his first public appearance since the injury.

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Maynard’s appearance surprised many lawmakers, who weren’t sure if he would attend the opening day festivities.

Maynard was seriously injured in July when he fell from a staircase outside his home. The injury prevented him from campaigning, but he easily won re-election in November to the district representing eight towns in southeastern Connecticut.

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