Preparing for his third term in the General Assembly, State Representative Whit Betts (R-78) of Bristol, Plymouth, and Terryville, was appointed as House Assistant Republican Leader as well as Ranking Member of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee by incoming House Republican Leader Themis Klarides.
“I’m honored to have been appointed by Rep. Klarides as a leader in the House Republican Caucus, and as the leading House Republican on the Higher Education Committee for the upcoming legislative session,” said Betts in a press release from his office. “I look forward to working with committee members in a common sense approach on issues that come before the committee, and to making meaningful reforms to enhance the quality of the state’s higher education system.”
The Higher Education Committee has cognizance of all matters relating to public and independent colleges and universities, the Department of Higher Education including private occupational schools, the Board of Governors of Higher Education, post-secondary education and job training institutions and programs, apprenticeship training programs, adult job training programs offered to the public by any state agency or funded in whole or in part by the state, and the Office of Workforce Competitiveness.
In the news release, Betts also announced his other committee assignments for the upcoming 2015-2017 legislative sessions. He will continue to serve on the Public Health and Appropriations Committees, and will also serve on Program Review and Investigations Committee for the upcoming two year term.
“Whit will make an excellent addition to these committees, and I know he will serve the House Republican caucus with distinction,” said state Rep. Themis Klarides, incoming House Republican Leader, according to the press release. “We all depend on our Ranking Members to be our biggest advocates, our watchdogs, when it comes to shaping important legislation.”
“As your voice in Hartford, I will continue to work hard and fight for policies that help our businesses grow and thrive, and get our residents back to work. I will also continue to support our community hospitals, and ensure that they have the resources they need to invest in infrastructure and technology, and continue to provide us, our families and our loved ones with quality care. I encourage residents to reach out to me with any questions or feedback regarding state government,” said Betts in the press release.
The 2015 Legislative Session will convene on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. Betts was first elected to the State House in 2010.