Ohio Senate: Committee Assignments for New Dem Members
The rosters for Ohio Senate committees have been released, and it's pretty interesting to see where the new Democratic Senators are assigned. Each is the ranking minority member of one committee.
Sen. John Boccieri (D-New Middletown), who won the seat of Sen. Bob Hagan, is the new ranking Democratic member of the State & Local Government and Veterans Affairs Committee. (Boccieri is a C-130 pilot in the Air Force Reserves.) He is also on the Agriculture Committee and the Insurance, Commerce & Labor Committee.
Sen. Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard), appointed to replace Attorney General Marc Dann (D-Liberty Township), is the ranking Democratic member of the Highways and Transportation Committee, where the other Democrats are also newcomers (Shirley Smith and Jason Wilson). She is also on the Health, Human Services & Aging Committee and the State & Local Government and Veterans Affairs Committee.
Ass't Minority Whip Lance Mason (D-Cleveland), elected to outgoing Sen. Eric Fingerhut's seat, is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary-Criminal Justice Committee. (Mason has been an assistant county prosecutor and is a criminal defense lawyer at the big law firm Baker & Hostetler.) He is also on the Energy & Public Utilities Committee, Environment & Natural Resources Committee, Judiciary-Civil Justice Committee, and Rules Committee.
Sen. Dale Miller (D-Cleveland), appointed last year during the campaign season and then elected as an incumbent, is the ranking Democratic member of the Finance and Financial Institutions Committee. He is also on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Health, Human Services & Aging Committee, Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee, and Ways and Means & Economic Development Committees.
Sue Morano (D-Lorain), elected on her second try for the seat of outgoing Sen. Jeffry Armbruster (R), is the ranking minority member of the Environment & Natural Resources Committee. She is also on the Education Committee and Health Committee, and is a member of the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.
Shirley Smith (D-Cleveland), who won the seat of former Senate Minority Leader C.J. Prentiss (D-Cleveland Heights), is the ranking Democrat on the Health, Human Services & Aging Committee, where the other Democrats are also newcomers (Cafaro, Miller, and Morano). She is also on the Highways Committee, Judiciary-Criminal Justice Committee, and State and Local Government & Veterans Affairs Committee.
Sen. Jason Wilson (D-Columbiana), appointed to replace father Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-St. Clairsville), is the new ranking minority member of the Agriculture Committee. He is also on the Energy & Public Utilities Committee and Highways & Transportation Committee.