Sen. Eric Lesser Given Numerous Leadership Positions, Committee Roles

BOSTON--Senator Eric P. Lesser was appointed by Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg to two leadership positions on two joint committees and given several key committee assignments in his first term as state Senator.

Sen. Lesser was named Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, following the first formal session of the 189th General Court.

“This appointment presents a great opportunity for Western Massachusetts,” Sen. Lesser said. “Our region is blessed with a wealth of great tourist destinations and cultural institutions, whether it’s the Quadrangle, Quabbin Reservoir, the Lupa Zoo, or historic Forest Park. I look forward to further enhancing our tourism economy.” The committee Vice-Chair will be Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield), creating additional opportunities for highlighting the Western Massachusetts region.

In addition, Sen. Lesser will serve as the Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Financial Services, which considers matters concerning banks, financial institutions, credit unions, insurance companies, and small loans.

Sen. Lesser will also serve as a member of the Joint Committee on Transportation, where he will continue his ongoing efforts to establish high-speed rail service between Springfield and Boston.

Sen. Lesser was appointed to several other influential committees, including the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, where he will work to grow the high- tech manufacturing sector; the Joint Committee on Public Health, where he will focus on combating the opiate epidemic; the Committee on Revenue, where he will help with matters related to federal financial assistance and other matters related to the Commonwealth’s tax-

generated revenue; the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs; and the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, where he will help support senior centers and nursing facilities.

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