Three area lawmakers will chair legislative committees this session, including two holding the role for the first time.
Two Republicans also took over ranking positions, meaning they are the top representative from their respective caucuses on committees during the legislative session, which began Jan. 9.
Rep. Cathy Abercrombie, D-Meriden, retained her position as House co-chairwoman of the legislature’s Human Services Committee. Rep. Liz Linehan, D-Cheshire, became co-chairwoman of the Committee on Children after being vice chair last session, and Sen. Mary Dougherty Abrams, D-Meriden, was named co-chairwoman of the Public Health Committee in her first term in office.
For Republicans, Rep. William A. Petit, R-Plainville, is the ranking House Republican on the Public Health Committee, and Sen. Rob Sampson, R-Wolcott, will be the ranking Senate Republican on the Government Administration and Elections Committee. His district includes Southington.
House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, will serve as a co-chair of the Legislative Management Committee, while Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, will be vice chair. They retain those positions by being leaders of their respective caucuses. Aresimowicz’s district includes a part of Southington; Fasano also represents Wallingford.
Here’s a rundown of 2019-20 committee assignments for local lawmakers:
■Abrams will chair the Committee on Children and the Public Health committees and will vice-chair the Education and Veterans’ Affairs committees. She will also be a member of the Aging and Appropriations committees.
■Abercrombie will again chair the Human Services Committee and was named a member of the Appropriations Committee.
■Rep. Emil “Buddy” Altobello, D-Meriden, will be a member of the Finance, Revenue & Bonding, General Law, and Transportation committees.
■Aresimowicz will once again serve as Speaker of the House and will chair the Legislative Management Committee.
■Rep. Vincent Candelora, R-North Branford, was assigned to be a member of the Legislative Management, Finance Revenue & Bonding, Education, Public Health, and General Law Committees. His district includes Wallingford.
■Fasano will sit on the Education Committee and will also be a ranking member of both the Legislative Management and Legislative Nominations committees.
■Rep. Craig Fishbein, R-Wallingford, will be a member of the Judiciary, Labor and Public Employees, and Public Safety committees. His district also includes part of Cheshire.
■Rep. John Fusco, R-Southington, was assigned to the Public Safety, Commerce, and Aging committees.
■Linehan will chair the Committee on Children and will sit on the Education and Veterans committees. Her district also includes parts of Wallingford and Southington.
■Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco, R-Wolcott, will be a member of the Human Services, Appropriations, and Government Administration and Elections committees.
■Rep. Mary Mushinsky, D-Wallingford, was assigned to the Environment, Finance Revenue & Bonding, and Higher Education and Employment Advancement committees.
■Petit will be a ranking member on the Public Health Committee and a member of the Energy and Technology and Appropriations committees.
■Sampson will be a ranking member of the Government Administration and Elections Committee and will also sit on the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee and Judiciary committees.
■Rep. Hilda Santiago, D-Meriden, will be a member of Finance Revenue & Bonding, Government Administration and Elections, Human Services, and Legislative Management committees.
■Lezlye Zupkus, R-Prospect, will be a member of the Appropriations, Environment, and Internship committees.