Senator Looney is in his third term as Senate Majority Leader of the General Assembly, having first been elected to that leadership post in 2003. He is also Chair of the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee and Vice Chair of the Legislative Management Committee. Since being elected to the State Senate in 1993, he has spent six years as Senate Chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee; Chairman of the Banks Committee, Vice-Chair of the Bonding Subcommittee, and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee.
Senator Looney lives in New Haven with his wife, Ellen. Their son, Michael, an urban planner, is a 1998 graduate of Yale College who also holds a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Michael is the parent of a son, Matthew.