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For Immediate Release

Date: 12/28/10

Rep. Peter Edgecomb to Chair Agriculture Committee

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Peter Edgecomb will handle double-duty assignments in the 125th Legislature. The fourth-term legislator, a member of the new Republican majority in the Maine House, will take the helm of one committee and provide a voice of experience on another.

"I have served on two committees before, and it makes for a very busy session," said Rep. Edgecomb, whose district includes all of Caribou. "But I have a deep interest in the work of both committees, and I'm looking forward to a productive term."

Rep. Edgecomb will chair the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. In the last Legislature, he served as the ranking Republican on the agriculture panel, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Conservation. It also oversees agricultural fairs, animal welfare, food safety, state parks, historic sites, public lands and the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC).

His experience in the field includes his work as a self-employed Christmas tree grower.

In addition, Rep. Edgecomb has been appointed to the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, where he served as the ranking Republican in the 123rd Legislature. The Education panel has jurisdiction over an extensive range of programs, including the Department of Education, the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and Maine Maritime Academy.

As a former teacher and superintendent of schools, Rep. Edgecomb brings practical experience to other items that fall under the committee's jurisdiction. Those include school budgets and facilities; school curriculum; teachers and administrators; special education; and child development services. The jurisdiction extends to career and technical education; school choice and home schooling; adult education; and student assistance programs at the Finance Authority of Maine. Under its cultural domain, the committee oversees the Maine Arts Commission, Maine State Library, Maine State Museum and Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation.

The Maine Legislature has 16 joint standing committees, each composed of 13 members - three senators and 10 members of the House. Every committee has jurisdiction over clearly defined parts of state government, and all committees handle public hearings and work sessions on bills that fall under their purview. ###

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
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