HARTFORD - In a release, the
Black and Latino Caucus of the Connecticut General Assembly - a group
made up of members from the House of Representatives and Senate -
announced its 2014/2015 leadership
Bruce Morris, D-Norwalk, House deputy speaker, will lead the
caucus as chairman, and Rep. Hilda Santiago, D-Meriden, House assistant
will serve as caucus vice-chairwoman, the release said. Rep. Minnie Gonzalez ,D-Hartford,
will serve as treasurer, and Rep. Matthew Lesser, D-Middletown, is
secretary, the release said.
Black and Latino Caucus plays a very important role in shaping major
policy initiatives, including education reform, and I am honored that my
colleagues have chosen
me to chair the caucus,” Morris said, also in the release. “We have a significant number of
experienced lawmakers, and our caucus takes its job seriously as we
advocate for all people of Connecticut.”
Santiago said, also in the release: “It
is a great honor to be selected by my peers for this position. I look
forward to supporting our new chairman, as well as the entire caucus, as
we build upon our past
accomplishments and service to our communities and state.”
Santiago also is vice-chairman of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding
"The caucus has many members who also serve in leadership positions in the House and Senate," the release said.
want to thank my colleagues for choosing me to be the caucus
secretary,” said Lesser, who is House chairman of the Banks Committee, in the release.
“I believe that this caucus is critical
to addressing issues that affect hundreds of thousands of Connecticut
residents, particularly residents of our cities.”
“The need to truly represent all people of Connecticut is greater than ever and I am eager to help our caucus use its influence to make our state a better place to live,” said Gonzalez, who is the House chief majority whip, in the release.
Also in the release:
House members in leadership positions are:
Patricia Billie Miller (D-Stamford), deputy speaker;
Larry Butler (D-Waterbury), co-chair of Housing Committee;
Ernie Hewett (D-New London), assistant majority leader;
Juan Candelaria (D-New Haven), deputy majority leader;
Douglas McCrory (D-Hartford), deputy majority leader;
Ezequiel Santiago (D-Bridgeport), deputy majority whip;
Robert Sanchez (D-New Britain), assistant majority leader and vice-chairman of the Education Committee;
Charles Stallworth (D-Bridgeport), assistant majority whip and vice-chairman of the Banks Committee;
Toni Walker (D-New Haven), co-chair of the Appropriations Committee;
Jason Rojas (D-East Hartford), deputy majority leader.
Senate members in leadership positions are:
D. Coleman (D-Bloomfield), deputy president pro tempore, co-chairman of
the Judiciary Committee and vice-chairman of the Public Safety and
Holder-Winfield (D-New Haven), assistant majority leader and
co-chairman of the Housing Committee and Labor and Public Employees
Marilyn Moore (D-Bridgeport), majority whip and co-chair of Human Services Committee.