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Friday, December 11, 2020

Senator Wil Schroder Named Chairman of Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee

The Senate Majority Caucus has announced its committee assignments for the 2021 General Assembly.  Senator Wil Schroder (R-Wilder) will serve as chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor.

“I'm honored that Senate Majority Leadership has entrusted me to chair this committee,” Senator Schroder said. “At this unprecedented time it is essential that Kentucky prioritize legislative matters that help our business and tourism industry, as they are major economic engines for the state. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to address the tough issues so that we can get our Commonwealth moving forward in 2021.”

The Senate Committee on Committees will officially confirm the new chairmanships upon the start of the 2021 Regular Session.

The full list of Senate Standing Committees and their chairmen can be found below:

Agriculture: Senator Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville)

Appropriations & Revenue: Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill)

Banking & Insurance: Senator Jared Carpenter (R-Berea)

Committee on Committees: Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester)

Education: Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville)

Enrollment: Senator-elect Brandon Storm

Health & Welfare: Senator Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester)

Judiciary: Senator Whitney Westerfield (R-Crofton)

Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations: Senator John Schickel (R-Union)

Natural Resources & Energy: Senator Brandon Smith (R-Hazard)

Rules: Senate President Robert Stivers

State & Local Government: Senator Robby Mills

Transportation: Senator Jimmy Higdon

Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection: Senator C.B. Embry

Among the Democrats, state Rep. Joni Jenkins of Shively will continue as caucus floor leader, a role she assumed last December when she became the first woman in the General Assembly to lead a legislative caucus.

State Rep. Derrick Graham of Frankfort will serve his second full term as caucus chair, extending his tenure as the first Black legislator to serve in House leadership; and state Rep. Angie Hatton of Whitesburg will maintain her title as caucus whip, which she was elected to last December.

She and Jenkins are the first two women caucus leaders to serve simultaneously in the Kentucky House.

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