Former Connecticut General Assembly House Speaker James Amann, announced Friday that he will be stepping down as a member of the Milford Democratic Town Committee, a position he has held for the past 33 years.
In a letter addressed to Chairman Richard Smith and the Milford Democratic Town Committee members, Amann cited his years of service and desire to make room for others to help propel Milford’s Democratic Party forward in the years ahead.
“There comes a time in every politician’s life when one knows that it is time to move on, to allow someone younger to step forward, someone with fresh ideas, energy and, yes — the legs — to carry our message to every door and household in Milford to keep the Democratic Party alive, relevant and strong. For me, that time is now,” he said.
Amann is a principal at Milford based International Government Strategies, a governmental affairs consulting firm he founded in 2009. In 2014, The Hartford Business Journal named International Government Strategies among the top 20 growing government relations firms in Connecticut.
“My day to day work keeps me exceptionally busy, and I’ll miss the interaction with Town Committee members,” Amann said, “but after a lifetime of public service, I will always be looking for ways I can be of help where I can be. It’s a hard habit to break.”
Born in Bridgeport, Amann, 59, has lived most of his life in Milford, joining the Milford Democratic Town Committee in 1982. He was first elected to state office representing Milford’s 118th district in 1990 and served until 2009. He was elected Speaker of the House prior to the 2005 legislative session and held that position until stepping down in 2009. He was the first Speaker in Connecticut history to come from Milford.