WILTON \u2014 State Rep. Tom O\u2019Dea (R-125), who currently serves as a Deputy House Republican Leader-at-Large, has been named a Deputy House Republican Leader by incoming House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora. In addition to O\u2019Dea, state Reps. Rosa Rebimbas, Jason Perillo, Lezlye Zupkus, and Laura Devlin have also been selected as deputy leaders. \u201cTom has served alongside me in a leadership role for a few years now and I trust his judgment,\u201d said Candelora. \u201cAs an accomplished litigator, his knowledge of the law and his ability to provide additional guidance in the middle of floor debate is very helpful to the caucus. But Tom\u2019s superpower is his humility and sense of humor. He continues to be an integral part of the leadership of the caucus.\u201d \u201cWe need to be prepared to hit the ground running come January and that work begins now,\u201d O\u2019Dea said in a press release. \u201cOur caucus has already outlined proposals for much needed tax relief to assist small businesses and nonprofits. \u2026 We need to help them, and we cannot wait any longer.\u201d O\u2019Dea met last week with Candelora and other House Republicans to announce their proposals to assist small businesses and nonprofits during the pandemic. Their proposals called for: Atemporary suspension of the new payroll tax scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1. Using federal COVID-19 relief funds to avoid an increase in unemployment taxes. A deadline extension from Jan. 1, to April 1 for the second round of business property taxes. O\u2019Dea will serve on the Judiciary, Transportation, Environment, and Legislative Management Committees in the upcoming legislative session, which is scheduled to convene on Jan. 6.