Senate president announces committee assignments
Published on December 17th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Senate President Mike Miller announced the full slate of committee assignments Tuesday, finding places for the 11 new senators and shifting several of the incumbents.
The Democratic presiding officer determines the committee assignments for both Democrats and Republicans in the 47-member Senate. Miller had already announced any new chairs and vice chairs for the Senate’s standing committees to replace senators who are not returning.
House Speaker Michael Busch has promised to announce committee assignments before Christmas. He faces a more complicated task since he has 58 new members of the House of Delegates to assign, more than 40% of the 141-member House.
The committees must not only be balanced by party — in the Senate, 33 Democrats and 14 Republicans — but geography, gender and race are also considerations that come into play...
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