Connecticut House Democrats elect leadership team

- FILE - The Connecticut Senate Chamber (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut House Democrats has announced their new leadership team as the state’s now minority party.

The state’s House Democrats are proud to elect Joe Aresimowicz of Berlin as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Matt Ritter of Hartford as the House Majority Leader.

Aresimowicz is the top ranking official in the House, who has authority over the entire House chamber and moderates debate on legislation. He was first elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 2004 and the served as the Majority Leader for the past two legislative sessions.

“I learned a lot over the past four years as House Majority Leader and I am excited to take on this new role as Speaker. I look forward to partnering with Matt as we work together to lead our caucus and move Connecticut forward.” – Joe Aresimowicz

Ritter is the second-ranking official leading floor debates and flow of legislation through the House. He was first elected in 2010 to the Connecticut General Assembly as co-Chair of the Public Health Committee. Ritter helped pass legislation in addressing the epidemic of opioid overdoses across the state.

“My job will be to rally our team and make sure we are prepared to do the people’s business each and every day. Our work will touch everyone in the state, and I take that responsibility very seriously.” – Matt Ritter (D-Hartford)

The 2017 legislative session will assemble on January 4th.