March 9, 2018: Connecticut State Rep. Angel Arce, Hartford Democrat, intends to resign from his seat soon amid allegations that he engaged in inappropriate text messages with a teenage girl. The resignation was announced by Connecticut State House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, Berlin Democrat on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Arce’s announcement occurred nearly one week after The Hartford Courant reported that Arc had allegedly exchanged affectionate messages in 2015 with a girl who was sixteen at the time. The story prompted quick condemnations from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other prominent political leaders. Aresimowicz did not give a specific date when Arce is expected to leave office. Arce’s resignation will reduce the Democratic majority in the 151-member House to 79. Republicans hold 71 seats. Secretary of State Denise Merrill is expected to order a special election after the resignation has been filed. Arce, who is single, won his first election to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 2012 when he was endorsed by the Democratic Town Committee over incumbent Rep. Kelvin Roldan, easily defeating Republican opposition.