Matthew Ritter will be the latest speaker from Hartford

With Hartford’s Matthew D. Ritter set to become the next speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives, this is a good time to list the seven previous speakers from Hartford. They include Ritter’s father, Thomas D. Ritter. All lived in the city at the time of their election.

NamePolitical PartyTerm of Service
William W. EatonDemocratic1853
Henry C. DemingDemocratic1861
Eliphalet A. BulkeleyUnion1857
William W. EatonDemocratic1873
Joseph L. BarbourRepublican1897
James J. KennellyDemocratic1975-78
Thomas D. RitterDemocratic1993-98
Matthew D. RitterDemocratic2020-
Source: Connecticut Register and Manual, 2019 edition, published by the Secretary of the State. Online at