Rep. Juan Candelaria First Latino To be Named Deputy Speaker of House

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State Rep. Juan R. Candelaria, D-New Haven, made history earlier this month after being named deputy speaker of the House to become the first Latino to hold the leadership position.

“I am not only humbled by the Speaker’s appointment, but proud for the Latin community in my district and across Connecticut,” Candelaria said in a release. “I believe this new responsibility recognizes my body of work in the Legislature and for the people I represent in New Haven.”

The release said Candelaria’s new role was announced by House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz during the Opening Day of the 2017 General Assembly Jan. 4.

“Juan Candelaria has proven himself to be an ...

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Hispanic Leaders Wary Of Trump’s Trade Plans

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As President Trump moves to enact his campaign proposals on international trade, Hispanic leaders are worried Latino workers could be the first to feel the effects.

Many of those workers live in states and are employed by industries dependent on exports, and leaders say upending those ties could be devastating.

Of the 57 million Latinos in the United States, about 25 million live in California and Texas, two states whose economies rely heavily on exports to North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners.

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