Craig Miner Comments on his Swearing as 30th District State Senator

January 5, 2017


Hartford-Connecticut’s 2017 Legislative Session formally opened Wednesday, Jan. 4, and Northwest Connecticut’s new state Senator, Craig Miner, was sworn in for his first term representing the 30th District in the state Senate. The 30th District is the largest geographic senate district in the state and includes the towns of Brookfield, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Warren, Winchester, and parts of Torrington.

Senator Miner will serve as the Republican Chairman of the General Assembly’s Labor & Public Employees and Environment Committees. He will be a Republican Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and will serve as a member on the Regulations Review and Public Safety Committees.

“It’s a privilege and an honor to assume the Senate seat which was occupied by a public servant as dedicated and effective as Clark Chapin. I will do my best to live up to the standard he set,” said Senator Miner. “I look forward to working diligently to speak for the people of Northwest Connecticut finding solutions to problems facing them and our state as a whole.”

What it means for Northwest Connecticut:

  • Senator Miner will continue his work on the Environment Committee, where he served as Republican Ranking Member while a member of the House. However, as Senate Republican Chairman, he will wield significantly more influence on the Committee to shape and promote legislation to protect and preserve Connecticut’s natural resources. As Republican Chairman of the Labor & Public Employees Committee, Senator Miner will wield great influence to shape our state’s labor laws so they are both fair and market friendly.
  • As Republican Vice-Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Miner holds one of the most important positions in the General Assembly. It is the Appropriations Committee which authors the spending portion of the state budget. Senator Miner will bring thrift, compassion, and common sense to a body which needs all three.
  • Senator Miner will be a member of the Regulation Review Committee, which seeks to evaluate state regulations for their efficacy and eliminate those which are redundant, overly burdensome, or ineffective.
  • Senator Miner will also serve on the Public Safety Committee, which crafts laws to protect Connecticut citizens.