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Connecticut lawmakers chose their leadership teams Thursday during closed-door caucuses.

The House Democrats chose state Rep. Matt Ritter from Hartford to be the next Speaker of the House. At 38, Ritter will be the youngest Speaker of the House. He’s following in his father’s footsteps. Ritter’s father, Thomas, served as Speaker from 1993 to 1998.

Rep. Jason Rojas, of East Hartford, will be the next House Majority Leader.

Democrats expanded their majority in the House to 98 members.

The House Republican caucus chose Rep. Vincent Candelora, of North Branford, as their leader. There are 53 Republicans in the House

In the Senate, Republicans chose Sen. Kevin Kelly, of Stratford, as their next Minority Leader and Sen. Paul Formica, of East Lyme, as his deputy.

Senate Democrats plan to meet Friday to name their leadership team, but no surprises are expected. Sen. Martin Looney is expected to continue as senate president.