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Toni Nathaniel Harp (born August 6, 1947) is the 50th and current Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut. Harp, a Democrat, was a state senator in Connecticut from 1993 to 2013. A resident of New Haven, Harp represented the western half of the city as well as part of West Haven while in the Connecticut Senate.

Toni Harp
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50th Mayor of New Haven
Assumed office
January 1, 2014
Preceded byJohn DeStefano, Jr.
Member of the Connecticut Senate
from the 10th district
In office
January 1993 (1993-Jan) – January 2013 (2013-Jan)
Preceded byCharles H. Allen III
Succeeded byGary Holder-Winfield
Personal details
Born (1947-08-06) August 6, 1947 (age 71)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materRoosevelt University
Yale University (M.E.D.)



Harp was born in San Francisco and graduated from Roosevelt University and received a Master of Environmental Design[1] from Yale University. Prior to becoming mayor in the City of New Haven, Harp served as a State Senator and a New Haven Alderman; she defeated incumbent Senator Charles H. Allen III for the Democratic nomination in 1992.

In 2007 Harp introduced a bill to have the state pay for free diapers for poor mothers.[2]

In Spring 2013, Harp announced her intention to run for Mayor of New Haven, a position long held by John DeStefano, Jr..[3] Harp won the election over her opponent, Justin Elicker, by 10,602 to 8,865 votes, or 54.46 percent to 45.54 percent.[4] She was reelected in 2015 with 88.83 percent of the vote against three independent candidates. She was reelected to a third term in 2017 with 77.61 percent of the vote against an independent candidate and Working Families Party candidate.

She is the first woman and the second African American (after John C. Daniels) to serve as Mayor of New Haven.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-15. Retrieved 2014-04-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "WTNH Connecticut News - News". WTNH Connecticut News. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  3. ^ "And Now ... Toni Harp Jumps In - New Haven Independent". 22 April 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Toni Harp Elected Mayor - New Haven Independent". 6 November 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John DeStefano, Jr.
Mayor of the City of New Haven