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November 4, 2013 —Senator Ayala toured Two Roads Brewery in Stratford to see how the Small Business Express program has helped Two Roads grow, thrive, and create good jobs for local residents.
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Elected in 2012, Senator Andres Ayala is currently serving his first term in the State Senate representing Bridgeport and Stratford. He currently serves as chair of the legislature‘s Aging Committee and Regulations Review Committee.
Prior to running for Senate, Andres served three terms as a State Representative from Connecticut’s 128th House District, where he was known for his leadership and advocacy for his constituents in Bridgeport. Before serving as a State Representative, Andres represented the 137th Common Council District in the City of Bridgeport for five terms. In 2003, Andres became the first Latino in Bridgeport to hold the position of Council President.
Andres’ commitment to his community goes beyond that of an elected official. In 2002, Andres played a key role in organizing the First Annual Walk to End Homelessness and acted as chair for the next eight years. During this time the Walk raised over $400,000 to assist Families in Transition, the only emergency shelter for families in Bridgeport. Andres has served as a board member for the Raphola Taylor Center, a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, and the Board of Action for Bridgeport Community Development. Habitat for Humanity selected Andres to Co-Chair their steering committee for their “Youth Build” project. Andres is also the Founder and Co-Chairman of The Hispanic Heritage Committee, which celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month for the past six years in the City of Bridgeport by coordinating activities, events, and workshops which promote the rich culture and traditions of Latin American countries.
As an instructor at Bassick High School, Andres served as the Aspira Club Advisor where he has been very instrumental in inspiring young Latino students to fulfill their career and future aspirations. In his role as the Aspira Club Advisor, Andres, has led his students in various community service projects for which the club has received various awards. Shore Area Community Development Corporation, a branch of Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, awarded the club with the “Strong Communities Builder” award and the American Lung Association of CT recognized Andres’ Aspira group as a key contributor to their Asthma Walk.
Andres holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Education and works for the Bridgeport Board of Education as a Social Studies instructor. He is a lifelong resident of Bridgeport, and currently resides there with his son, Andres Ayala III.
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February 6, 2014 —Senator Ayala marks the opening day of the 2014 legislative session and discusses some of his priorities for the upcoming year.
November 23, 2013 —Senator Ayala visits several small businesses on upper East Main Street in Bridgeport to talk with business owners about their experiences and how he can work alongside them to ensure they thrive and create jobs.