Malloy orders state flags at half-staff in honor of Rep. Mary Fritz

State Representative Mary G. Fritz (Photo:

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Following the death of State Rep. Mary Fritz (D-Cheshire, Wallingford) Saturday morning, Gov. Malloy has ordered all Connecticut state flags fly at half-staff in her honor.

“She was a true public servant who put the priorities of her constituents first and represented her district with distinction, yet she never questioned whether the tough issues were worth tackling. For 32 years, Wallingford, Cheshire, and indeed the entire state was lucky to have Representative Mary Fritz in the halls of the Capitol,” said Gov. Malloy. “Cathy and I extend our deepest condolences to her husband, William, and the entire Fritz family.”

Other state officials offered their condolences to the Fritz family. “”My heart goes out to all the family and friends of Mary during this difficult time. I am extremely saddened by the loss of my good friend and dedicated legislator,” said Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven.) “Mary was an incredibly strong person and fierce friend who made an impression on the lives of so many people. She was loved by all. I learned a great deal from Mary about leadership and about standing up for what you truly believe in. She made sure the voices of our constituents were always heard.”

“Mary’s passing will be felt throughout the district she so honorably represented and across the entire state,” added Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. “Connecticut has lost a truly committed legislator and a wonderful woman. I had the privilege of serving with her-she helped shape the Connecticut we know and love today, working to improve the lives of our youngest residents, protecting our seniors and first responders, and strengthening education and healthcare.

Fritz was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1982 and served as Assistant Deputy Speaker.

U.S. and state flags across the country are already flying at half-staff in honor of the victims of the shooting in Dallas. Connecticut state flags will remain flying at half-staff until sunset on the day of Rep. Fritz’s interment.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made public.