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For Immediate Release

Date: 12/29/10

Rep. David Richardson tapped to chair Education and Cultural Affairs Committee

AUGUSTA - State Rep. David Richardson has been named chair of the Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs for the 125th Legislature. He held the post of ranking Republican on the same committee during the last term.

"I'm honored by the appointment, and I look forward to getting started," said Rep. Richardson. "I have dedicated my life to the education of Maine's youth, so this position is a perfect fit with my background. Given the budget constraints, we will undoubtedly be dealing with some tough financial issues. Fortunately, we have some great legislators on this committee, including several former teachers, so we will have the talent and expertise to handle the work."

Rep. Richardson (R-Carmel) was chosen to chair the committee by House Speaker Robert Nutting. "Dave Richardson is a dedicated public servant and a fine legislator," said Speaker Nutting. "I have the utmost confidence that he will carry out his responsibilities efficiently and effectively. This is an important committee, and we're fortunate to have someone of his caliber to lead it."

State Sen. Brian Langley (R-Hancock), a small-business owner and former educator, will serve as Senate chair of the committee.

Rep. Richardson, a fourth-term legislator, is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono. He taught English and language arts at Hermon Middle School from 1975 to 2003. He also served on the board of selectmen in the Town of Carmel for 12 years. His district includes the towns of Carmel, Etna, Hermon and Stetson.

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.

The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee oversees the Department of Education, the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System, school finance, special education and child development services, school choice and homeschooling. Under its cultural affairs jurisdiction, it handles the Maine Arts Commission, Maine State Library, Maine State Museum and Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation. ###

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
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