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CT GOP State Auditor & Former Senator Robert J. Kane, 53, Found Dead; Successfully Passed Legislation ‘Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Act’ to Protect Victims of Human Trafficking

Report by Paula Antolini, February 7, 2021, 2:04PM EST

Robert J. Kane

On Friday evening, Connecticut State Auditor Robert J. Kane, 53 (April 30, 1967 – February 5, 2021), was found dead in his home after relatives requested a wellness check, according to former colleagues and local reports, Fox News reports.

“Police said family members told them they had not heard from him all day. Additional details about his death were not immediately available,” reports Fox News.

Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz tweeted on Friday, “I am saddened to hear about the sudden passing of Rob Kane, State Auditor and former state Senator, who worked on behalf of Connecticut residents for more than a decade. My heart breaks for his family. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”

Governor Ned Lamont released the following statement on Friday, on the passing of State Auditor Rob Kane: “I was saddened tonight to learn of the sudden passing of state auditor and former state senator Rob Kane. My prayers and condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues. Rob took pride in his public service on behalf of his constituents, understanding he was their voice in Hartford. He then assumed the role of state auditor, working on behalf of all taxpayers. All public servants should be commended for their work on behalf of our residents, and Rob took his work seriously. He will be missed at the Capitol.”

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Rob Kane served “as one of two State Auditors who oversee the Auditors of Public Accounts for the State of Connecticut. Prior to being nominated in January of 2017 for the position, Rob served as State Senator for the 32nd Senatorial District, having been elected in January of 2008 in a special election. Rob served as the leading Republican Senator, or Ranking Member, of the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee as well as serving on the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee and the Public Health Committee. During his tenure in the Senate, Rob successfully passed legislation creating the Oxford Airport Development Zone, the Connecticut Antiques Trail, and a Safe Harbor for Exploited Children. Rob has been recognized by AARP, The Alzheimer’s Association, and the CT Association for Healthcare at Home’s Legislator of the Year,” according to the state auditor’s page.

It further reads, “Rob has been a successful business owner as the founder of KarTele in Waterbury, and an active member of the community. He is a former chair of the Wolcott Street/Lakewood Road Business Association, and past president of the Professional Networking Organization (Profnet). He has served as a Corporator of the Valley United Way, a member of the Post University Masters of Public Administration Advisory Council, and a Board of Director for the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce, having won its prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Award for Volunteerism. He is also a past recipient of the Waterbury Regional Chamber Harold Webster Smith Small Business Award. Rob is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and earned an MBA from the University of New Haven. He is a long-time resident of Watertown and the proud father of his adopted children Aidan and Deana.”

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