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 effective leader and legislator,” Aresimowicz said in the release. “Juan brings strong beliefs and high standards to his work, and has earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. I am proud to have Rep. Candelaria as part of my leadership team.”

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