Leaders of both the House and Senate have announced who will sit on committees that control state functions like transportation, education, and healthcare.
For the second year in a row, Longmeadow State Senator Eric Lesser will chair of the committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies; a position that Lesser said will benefit residents in western Massachusetts.
“I’m very excited to be doing that again, it’s the committee that we chaired last year and it’s really just so important for western Mass, It’s about bringing jobs, bringing new opportunities, bringing new infrastructure money, money for our community colleges and our job training programs to western mass,” Senator Lesser said.
Pittsfield State Senator Adam Hinds also received a new position, chairing the Senate Committee on Revenue. A post from which he hopes to push for more rural school funding.
“We have a lot of our schools having challenges with revenue and we think that needs to be taken into account so we have filed a bill in that space and I really will be pushing that,” Senator Hinds said.
On the House side, Chicopee Democrat Joseph Wagner received a leadership position, becoming the assistant majority leader.
West Springfield Representative Michael Finn was named chair of the committee on Global Warming and Climate Change.
Also earning a chair position in the house is Springfield state representative Angelo Puppolo, who will oversee the committee on Technologies and intergovernmental affairs.