William Petit Jr. lost his wife and daughters in a deadly 2007 home invasion

By Char Adams
November 09, 2016 02:53 PM
Credit: Jessica Hill/AP

William Petit Jr., the Connecticut doctor whose wife and daughters were brutally murdered during a 2007 home invasion, has won a seat in the state’s legislature.

Petit unseated 11-term Democrat state Rep. Betty Boukus for the state’s 22nd District, WTNH reports. The district includes Plainville and a section of New Britain.

“I have to take a deep breath and get ready to put the work in,” Petit told the station. “We all need to be the change we want to see. We all need to participate in that.”

The win comes nearly a decade after Petit lost his wife, 48-year-old Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and young daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, in a horrific home invasion in July 2007.

Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes broke into the family’s Cheshire home, bludgeoned Petit with a baseball bat and tied him to a pole in the basement before turning their attention to his wife and daughters. Petit was the only survivor.

Komisarjevsky and Hayes were initially given the death penalty, but were later resentenced to life in prison.

In the years following the incident, Petit married Christine Paluf and the couple welcomed a son in 2013

Petit announced his run for office in May. He beat out Boukus in a landslide, securing 66 percent to her 34.

“I firmly believe the old saying you close a door and a new opportunity opens and the Lord will find something for me to do. I mean, I have to be working. I do enjoy it,” Boukus told WTHN.

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She echoed her statements to NBC Connecticut: “When you win, you win. When you lose, you lose. You’ve got to make that bridge.”

The race attracted national attention earlier this month when an attack ad attempted to link Petit to now-president-elect Donald Trump, according to Fox.