Toni Nathaniel Harp is an American politician. Harp, a Democrat, has been a state senator from Connecticut since 1993. Harp, a resident of New Haven, represents the western half of the city as well as part of West Haven in the Connecticut Senate. Harp was born in San Francisco and graduated from Roosevelt University and received a M. Ed. from Yale University. Prior to being elected in the Connecticut Senate, Harp served as a New Haven Alderman; she defeated incumbent Senator Charles H. Allen III for the Democratic nomination in 1992. In 2007 Harp introduced a bill to have the state pay for free diapers for poor mothers.