State Rep. Betty Boukus (BOH'-kuhs), who served more than two decades in the General Assembly before losing a high-profile re-election bid last month, has died. She was 73.
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey's office said Boukus, who co-chaired the legislature's powerful bonding subcommittee, died Friday. She had been battling cancer.
The Plainville Democrat was a teacher by training, but had served in the House since 1994.
She was defeated in November by her Republican opponent, Dr. William Petit, who became a national figure after a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire that took the lives of his wife and two daughters.
Sharkey remembered Boukus as a caring lawmaker...