At an Education Committee Hearing, Candelora Discusses Need for Virtual School Platform

Posted on March 16, 2023

HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Wednesday testified before the Education Committee, where he talked about the need to create a virtual school platform for Connecticut students. Watch below, or read the testimony here.


House GOP Leader Candelora Calls for More Legislative Oversight on DPH Immunization Requirements

Posted on March 14, 2023

House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora told Public Health Committee members Monday that the state’s Public Health commissioner has too much discretion to install childhood immunization requirements outside of public health emergencies, and he has proposed more legislative oversight. Watch below, and read more here:


Candelora Joins House Republicans and Businesses to Decry Highway Use Tax on Trucks

Posted on March 9, 2023

HARTFORD—House Republicans on Wednesday joined a diverse group of business owners in talking about the negative impact the state’s highway use tax on trucks will have on Connecticut’s economy and encouraged others to testify Friday on legislation to eliminate it.

“The far-reaching implications of the highway use tax on trucks should not be underestimated, and I have little doubt that Connecticut residents will soon feel the ripple effect


Republicans Outline Proposals to Make Connecticut Safer

Posted on March 1, 2023

HARTFORD—In advance of a series of Judiciary Committee public hearings next week, House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday outlined proposals aimed at making Connecticut safer while urging Democrats to veer from their lopsided approach to public safety that does little to deter crime.

“Last year, after speaking with police, community leaders, prosecutors, public defenders, and youth advocates, Senate Republicans offered our Better Way to a Safer Connecticut plan,” said Senate Republican Leader Kevin


Candelora, House Republicans Petition for Hearing on Bill to Eliminate Highway Use Tax

Posted on February 22, 2023

HARTFORD—House Republicans have used a parliamentary procedure to circumvent Democrat opposition to a bill that would save inflation-weary businesses and residents money by eliminating the new highway use tax (HUT) on heavyweight trucks.

Republicans petitioned to raise H.B. 5290, An Act Eliminating the Highway Use Tax, after the Finance Committee’s Democratic leadership refused to even hear it. Republicans on Tuesday secured the required 51 petition signatures to force a public hearing on the bill.


House GOP Leader Candelora Blasts UConn Symposium Questioning Parental Authority

Posted on February 17, 2023

HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Friday blasted an upcoming University of Connecticut law school symposium he says reflects the General Assembly’s insidious attacks on parental authority.

The March 31 symposium, entitled “Are Parental Rights Always in the Best Interest of Children?“, will be held by the school’s Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal and will “explore the complex issues surrounding the role of parental rights in advancing progressive goals while at the same


Candelora Discusses Gov. Lamont’s Budget Proposal on “Face the Facts”

Posted on February 14, 2023

HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora was a guest this week on NBC30’s Face the Facts, where he fielded questions about Gov. Lamont’s 2024-2025 budget proposal, the need for tax relief for lower and middle income residents, and the importance of supporting our state’s business community.


2023 Legislative Session Begins, House GOP Leader Offers Remarks to Chamber

Posted on January 4, 2023

HARTFORD — State Rep. Vincent Candelora on Wednesday began his new two-year term serving the 86th Assembly District and as Minority Leader of Connecticut’s House of Representatives. Check out a port of his remarks to his House colleagues here:


Candelora Previews 2023 Session on “The Real Story”

Posted on January 2, 2023

HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora was a guest on Fox 61’s The Real Story, where he joined Speaker of the House Matt Ritter in previewing the issues that will likely be tackled by the House of Representatives during the 2023 legislative session. Watch the 12-minute segment below:


Candelora, Zullo, Cicarella to Host Dec. 19 Office Hours in East Haven

Posted on December 2, 2022

EAST HAVEN–House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora is teaming with state Rep. Joe Zullo and state Sen. Paul Cicarella for a “Coffee & Conversation” session at Twin Pines Diner on Dec. 19. The three state lawmakers will be there between 8 and 9 a.m. to field your questions and comments about state-related issues. The diner is located at 34 Main Street in East Haven. If you have questions about the event, send them to or call Candelora’s office at 860-240-8700.