NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy is planning to meet with Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Washington, D.C. next week and discuss his new job as the state’s junior senator.
Murphy said Thursday he is also scheduled to participate in several days of Senate orientation sessions. He has one-on-one meetings planned with Lieberman and Reid, who called Tuesday night to congratulate Murphy on his victory over Republican Linda McMahon.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Murphy received 55 percent of the vote to McMahon’s 43 percent.
Murphy said he plans to seek advice about issues such as committee assignments from Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats and is retiring at the end of his term. He also wants tips on how to operate constituent offices back home in Connecticut.
‘‘Obviously, we want the transition to go well, from his office to ours,’’ he said. ‘‘But I'm going to lean on him for advice and help.’’
Murphy spent part of Thursday thanking supporters in Norwalk and New Haven. He received loud cheers when he entered the Muddy Waters Cafe in New London, a location he visited on the eve of Tuesday’s election.
‘‘The numbers were very good out of southeastern Connecticut,’’ he said. ‘‘The numbers were off the charts here in New London. More voters turned out in 2012 than 2008.’’