Witkos Appointed Ranking Senator on Energy, General Law

December 22, 2008

Will also serve on General Assembly’s Legislative Management and Public Health committees

Hartford, CT – State Senator-elect Kevin Witkos (R-8) has been appointed ranking member on the General Assembly’s Energy & Technology and General Law committees. The appointments were announced Thursday by Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-28), who also assigned Witkos to the Legislative Management and Public Health committees.

“Serving as ranking member on the Energy and Technology Committee is especially exciting for me at a time when the state must explore new and innovative ways to power our homes and businesses, and keep energy costs down for Connecticut residents,” said Senator-elect Witkos. “I also look forward to continuing my work on important Public Safety initiatives and making a valuable contribution on each of my new committees.”

As a member of the State House of Representatives this past year, Senator-elect Witkos was ranking member on the Insurance and Real Estate Committee. He also served on Public Safety and Education.

“During his six years as a member of the State House of Representatives, Senator-elect Witkos has demonstrated common sense leadership on a number of important issues, from improving school testing standards to strengthening protections for victims of domestic violence,” said Senator McKinney. “In addition to his years of service in the State House of Representatives, his dedication to the public good as a Canton police officer will bring invaluable perspective to all of his assignments.”

In his new role as ranking senator on the General Law Committee, Senator-elect Witkos will deal with a number of issues relating to fair trade and sales, including consumer protection and licensing. The Public Health Committee oversees all matters relating to the Department of Public Health as well as emergency medical services, nursing homes and the treatment of substance abuse. And the Legislative Management Committee is responsible for the operations of the General Assembly which includes matters as working conditions, employee compensation and working conditions of the General Assembly.