Senator Brian Langley Named Chair of Education and Cultural Affairs Committee

Contact:
Krysta West
Communications Director
Senate Republican Office
(207) 287-1505
krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Senator Brian Langley Named Chair of Education and Cultural Affairs Committee

Hancock County Legislator will also serve on Labor, Commerce, Research and Development Committee

Augusta – Senator Brian Langley (R-Hancock) will continue to serve as Chair of the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee (EDU) for the 128th Maine State Legislature.

“I’m very pleased to return to the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee for another term. As a teacher of 27 years and an entrepreneur, I understand how important it is to provide our students with every opportunity possible. The trend in Maine right now is for our youth to leave upon graduation to find careers elsewhere because many of our students don’t have skillsets that match what our workforce demands. It is critical that we act now to reverse this trend because today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce,“ said Senator Langley.

The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee oversees the Department of Education, Maine Arts Commission, Maine State Library, Maine State Museum and Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation.

“When it comes to educational reform in Augusta, no one is more dedicated than Senator Langley,” said Senator Garrett Mason. “Over the last three terms, Senator Langley has sponsored a number of bills to provide opportunities for Maine students. Under his leadership, the Legislature has passed a number of meaningful reforms including laws to improve Maine’s postsecondary student retention rates, to encourage more students to enter into professions in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) and a law to ensure that economically challenged areas maintain funding levels necessary to provide a quality education to students.”

Senator Langley will also serve on the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee. This session, this busy committee will take up a number of important matters, including the implementation of the new minimum wage law passed on the November 2016 ballot.

Prior to this session, Senator Langley also served on the Taxation Committee and the Marine Resources Committee.

Senator Langley represents Maine Senate District 7 which includes communities in Hancock County.

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