House Republicans Announce Ranking Member Team for Legislative Committees

Posted on December 8, 2022


HARTFORD — House Republicans on Thursday announced committee Ranking Member assignments for the two-year term that begins when the legislative session kicks off Jan. 4.

“I’m blessed to be working with a talented and diverse group of lawmakers whose legislative, professional and community experiences have prepared them to tackle the complex issues that lie ahead,” House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora said. “Our team of Ranking Members blends individuals who have served in that capacity in the

Candelora, Kelly Renew Calls for Special Session to Cut Gas Tax, Address Home Heating Crisis

Posted on November 15, 2022


HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) and Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) released the following statement urging lawmakers to call a special session to not only extend the gas tax suspension, but to also provide further relief, including home heating assistance to Connecticut families and stop a new truck tax from taking effect January 1:

“Connecticut Republicans have been pushing to extend gas tax relief since the spring. We need a special session

Rep. Candelora unanimous choice for House Republican Leader

Posted on November 10, 2022


HARTFORD——Republicans elected to serve in Connecticut’s House of Representatives have selected state Rep. Vincent Candelora to serve a second term as House Minority Leader.

Candelora, who last week won re-election to a ninth term serving the 86th House District, was the unanimous choice of more than 50 Republicans who attended a Nov. 10 leadership caucus held at the State Capitol.

“I remain humbled by the faith my caucus colleagues have placed in me to lead them in our shared effort to make the state

CT Senate & House Republicans Offer Amendment to Bolster Energy Assistance Slashed by Washington

Posted on August 29, 2022


HARTFORD – Today, Connecticut Senate and House Republican lawmakers will propose and vote on an amendment to Governor Ned Lamont’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) allocation plan being voted on today. The Republican lawmakers’ amendment will increase funding for energy assistance and prevent a devastating decrease in benefits for CT’s most vulnerable. In addition to preventing the loss of thousands of dollars in assistance for the poorest families, the Republican amendment will

Public Hearing on Home Heating Program Funding

Posted on August 24, 2022


In early June, Republicans raised concerns about the financial pressure residents would experience this fall as they faced the skyrocketing expense of heating their homes. House and Senate Republicans proposed a plan to use some of the state’s significant surplus funds to provide additional home heating assistance to those who would need it. Our plan fell on deaf ears. Our concern on this subject continues as the legislature grapples with the reality that one-time federal funding for people who rely

Kelly, Candelora on Governor’s Insufficient Energy Assistance Plan

Posted on August 22, 2022


HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) are calling out the Governor’s administration for an insufficient Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) allocation plan which will be discussed at a legislative briefing today.

The Governor’s allocation plan anticipates $79 million in federal funds, a decrease of more than $50 million from last year; representing a 40% cut. This amount is also lower than pre-pandemic

Candelora, Kelly: CT families struggle under Democratic leadership; CT Republicans are the solution

Posted on July 15, 2022


Middle- and working-class families have been clobbered by Connecticut Democrats’ policies, and they’ve had enough.

Since 2011, Democrats voted to increase taxes in Connecticut by nearly $7 billion, making Connecticut one of the most unaffordable and highest-taxed states in the nation and placing us near dead last in job growth and income growth. Yet now, Connecticut Democrats are patting themselves on the back for temporary election-year rebates and a meager attempt to counter the very harmful policies

Republican Lawmakers Slam Gov. Lamont for Using Public Health Emergency Declaration to Suspend Supervised Absentee Ballot Voting Rules

Posted on July 14, 2022


HARTFORD – Ranking members of the Government Administration and Elections Committee Senator Rob Sampson (R-Wolcott) and State Representative Gale Mastrofrancesco (R-Wolcott), joined by Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford), issued the following statement in response to the Office of the Secretary of the State using powers granted under the recently extended public health emergency declaration to suspend supervised absentee

Republican Legislative Leaders Renew Calls for Hold Public Hearing at State Capitol on Proposed Health Insurance Rate Increases

Posted on July 13, 2022


HARTFORD – Connecticut Senate and House Republican Leaders are renewing their calls for a public hearing at the state Capitol on the proposed health insurance rate filings for the 2023 individual and small group markets, which include proposed rate increases averaging over 20%.

On Monday, Connecticut Republicans wrote to legislative leaders, Governor Lamont, and Insurance Department Commissioner Mais calling on them to hold a public hearing at the State Capitol complex on the proposed health insurance

Kelly, Candelora: CT Democrats Fail to Address Affordability as Diesel Tax Increase, Energy Rate Hikes Take Effect

Posted on July 1, 2022


HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford) released the following statement in response to CT Democratic legislative leaders and Governor Ned Lamont rejecting the public’s calls for a special session to address affordability in CT, to deliver energy assistance, and to suspend the diesel tax increase that takes effect today:

“Today Connecticut grows even more unaffordable. The diesel tax is increasing by 23%. New energy