Sweeney Announces Senate Committee Assignments for 2019
TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney announced today the Senate committee assignments for the upcoming year, 2019.
”We will miss Senator Van Drew next year, as he moves on to Washington,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “We will continue to have a highly impressive, diverse and dedicated caucus, but with the Senator’s departure we updated committee assignments.
“The most notable changes will be Senator Singleton’s new position as Chair of the Community and Urban Affairs Committee and Senator Gopal’s first chair appointment as Chair of the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.”
“New Jersey’s communities – whether urban, rural or suburban – continue to face unique challenges which require innovative solutions,” said Senator Singleton (D-Burlington). “I am honored to serve in my new role as Chair of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee to ensure that future policies are not only well intentioned, but also have a positive impact.”
“I am honored to take on this new, important role as Chair of the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee,” said Senator Gopal (D-Monmouth). “I look forward to continuing my support of the service members in New Jersey who have fought for our state and our country. These men and women deserve the utmost care from our communities and I plan on facilitating that as best I can.”
In 2019, more committee chairpersons in the New Jersey State Senate will be of African American, Latino or South Asian descent than in the Senate’s history.
“Heading into the new year with the most diverse set of committee chairs in New Jersey history, I am inspired and hopeful for what’s to come,” said Senator Sweeney. “We are an extremely diverse state and it is critical those in power and sitting at the decision making table reflect that fact. Having committee chairs with different backgrounds and life experiences will allow us to pass legislation which takes into account the concerns of all New Jerseyans.”
In January, the Senate will approve a resolution in order to add one additional seat to the Education committee, increasing the number of seats from six to seven.
Below are the full committee assignments:
Community & Urban Affairs
Rice, Vice Chair
Turner, Vice Chair
(vacancy) New R
Lagana, Vice Chair
Gopal, Vice Chair
Budge and Appropriations
Cunningham, Vice Chair
Cryan, Vice Chair
Health, Human Services
& Senior Citizens
Madden, Vice Chair
Singleton, Vice Chair
Environment and Energy
Vitale, Vice Chair
Pou, Vice Chair
Law & Public Safety
Cryan, Vice Chair
(Vacancy) New R
Military & Veterans’ Affairs
Vacancy, Vice Chair
Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation
Cruz-Perez, Vice Chair