HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State lawmakers are predicting the political dynamic at Connecticut’s Capitol will change dramatically in January when the state’s first Democratic governor in two decades takes office.

Dan Malloy will be sworn in Jan. 5. He’ll become the first Democrat to hold the seat since former Gov. William O’Neill left office in 1991.

Senate President Donald Williams says he and other leaders of the Democrat-controlled legislature will now be working with a governor who shares the same basic principles.

GOP lawmakers hope they can work with Malloy and conservative Democrats on budget issues.

Malloy is replacing Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who did not seek re-election.

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