Senate Republican Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Senator Saviello to Chair Maine Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee
Franklin County Legislator will also serve on Agriculture and Government Oversight Committees
Augusta – Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) has announced that Senator Thomas Saviello (R-Franklin) will continue to serve as chair of the Maine Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee (ENR).
This is the fourth term in a row that Senator Saviello will serve on the committee, with three of the last four terms as Senate Chair. Senator Saviello also served on the ENR committee during his time in the House for two terms from 2003-2006.
“It’s an honor to have been chosen once again to serve as Senate Chair for the ENR Committee. I am proud of the work that we’ve been able to achieve during my tenure on the committee including reforms that ensure predictability to businesses and landowners while providing reasonable environmental protections. We have worked hard on the committee to streamline and simplify regulations on waterfowl and wading bird habitat, vernal pools and on shoreline zoning while increasing efficiencies within the Board of Environmental Protection to best serve taxpayers, landowners and the environment,” said Senator Saviello.
“When Senator Saviello first took a leadership role in the committee six years ago, there was a lot of work to be done,” said Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo). “Businesses and landowner rights weren’t being respected and the permitting processes weren’t efficient or predictable. People’s rights were held hostage by layers of bureaucracy and red tape. But under Senator Saviello’s leadership, the committee has made important changes that will protect our environment and our economy for generations to come.”
In addition to his post as Chair of Environment and Natural Resources, Senator Saviello will also be a member of the Government Oversight Committee and the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
“Fourteen years ago I supported the legislation that established the Government Oversight Committee, so it is an especially great honor to finally serve on it,” said Sen. Saviello. “The committee has proven to be highly successful in providing oversight to the Legislature in a nonpartisan and fair fashion. I truly look forward to serving on this committee for my last two years in the Senate.”
A 33 year veteran of the forest products industry, Senator Saviello graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Tennessee. He then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Agronomy and a Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Maine. President Thibodeau commented, “Tom’s education and background made him an excellent choice for the Ag Committee.”
Senator Saviello represents Maine Senate District 17 which includes four communities in Kennebec County and all the communities in Franklin County.