Senate Republican Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Senator Eric Brakey Named Chair of Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services
Androscoggin County Legislator will also serve on Marine Resources Committee
Augusta – Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) has appointed Senator Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin) to serve as the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services once again.
“Last session we were able to enact several important reforms including a new law to buckle down on welfare abuse, a law to protect children from sex trafficking and a law to support treatment for Maine’s opiate abuse problem, to name a few,” said Sen. Brakey. “I look forward to continuing the important work of the committee to ensure that Maine’s most vulnerable populations are cared for by providing the tools necessary for Mainers living in poverty to prosper and become self-sufficient. While real progress was made over the last two years, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that Maine’s programs are effective and efficient.”
The Health and Human Services Committee has some of the most demanding oversight responsibilities in the Legislature, as the large Department of Health and Human Services and the programs it administers fall under the committee’s jurisdiction.
Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin) applauded the appointment of Senator Brakey as Health and Human Services Chair, “As we continue building on the momentum of the last few years to reform Maine’s welfare system, Senator Brakey is the clear choice for chairmanship of this committee. He approaches every day with the energy and determination necessary to understand highly complex issues that come before this committee and has proven that he isn’t afraid of making tough decisions. I am confident that Senator Brakey is just the man for the job.”
In addition to his post as Chair of Health and Human Services, Sen. Brakey will also serve as a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources. He is serving his second term in the Maine Senate representing District 20 which includes communities in Androscoggin and Cumberland Counties.