She was a trailblazer in Connecticut's political scene. May she Rest in Peace.

There certainly have been, and continue to be, numerous strong women in the political arena in Connecticut. In the past there was Connecticut's first female Governor, Ella T. Grasso who served from 1975 - 1980. Jodi Rell was Lieutenant Governor from 1995 - 2004 and then Governor from 2004 - 2011. Our current Lieutenant Governor, Nancy Wyman has held that position since 2011.

Add to that list the state's first female Lieutenant Governor, Eunice Groark. Sad news was just released about her.

Now comes the story from that Groark has passed away at the age of 80. Groark was elected as Connecticut's first woman lieutenant governor as Lowell Weicker's running mate back in 1990 and she served one term. Groark also cast the deciding vote in the state Senate a year later that brought the income tax to Connecticut. Groark threw her hat in the ring for a run at Governor in 1994, finishing third behind the winner John Rowland and Democrat Bill Curry.

To pay your respects, calling hours will be Friday, May 11th from 3 p.m to 7 p.m. at the James T. Pratt Funeral Service at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. The funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Old St. Andrew’s Church, 59 Tariffville Road in Bloomfield.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Eunice Groark.

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