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State Senator Edith Prague (Courtesy her office)

State Senator Edith Prague (Courtesy her office)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ State Sen. Edith Prague has decided not to seek re-election in the fall after serving in the legislature for 26 years.

The 86-year-old Columbia Democrat told The Day of New London on Tuesday night that her decision was difficult, but recommended by her doctor. She suffered a minor stroke in December.

Prague is the eldest member of the General Assembly. She was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1982 and served until 1990, when she became commissioner of the former state Aging Department under then-Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. She won election to the 19th Senate District in 1994 and has served in the upper chamber ever since.

Prague says her stamina has declined since the stroke, a difficult condition given the legislature’s frequent late-night debates.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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