Republican George “Doc” Gunther, who served for 40 years in the Connecticut Senate, has died at age 92. He was the state’s longest-serving legislator, according to The Hartford Courant
Gunther, who died Sunday, served in the state Senate from 1966 until his retirement in 2006. His political career spanned the terms of seven governors.
A naturopathic physician from Stratford, Gunther was a member of the legislature’s public health committee throughout his tenure. He was also known for his work in environmental conservation, particularly his efforts to preserve Long lsland Sound and Connecticut wetlands.
A colorful character, Gunther once pointed a rifle at former Lt. Gov. Eunice Groark during a gun-control debate on the Senate floor in the early 1990s, the Courant reported.
“Doc Gunther served the citizens of Stratford and the state with an unwavering passion and commitment to public service," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement.
"Even if you didn't agree with him, Sen. Gunther was an independent thinker respected by his colleagues and constituents for fighting to protect our environment and preserve open space. His advocacy and service to our state will be remembered and will continue to benefit future generations," Malloy said.
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