Representative Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster) has announced his committee assignments for the 190th General Court. Representative Whelan will return to serve again on both the Joint Committee on Higher Education, and as the minority ranking member on the Joint Committee on Public Service. Additionally he will now serve on the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means. The House Ways & Means Committee has oversight of the state budget, as well as bills which carry a financial impact.
In receiving this assignment Rep. Whelan will serve as the only representative from the Cape & Islands delegation to this important committee. "After consultation with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle I sought assignment to Ways & Means so that our region could have a voice on what is viewed by many as the most powerful committee on Beacon Hill. I am pleased to have the confidence of the House Minority Leader and my colleagues from the Cape & Islands delegation as I gear up for the hard work ahead, fighting for our local residents", Rep. Whelan said in a statement. House Minority Leader Representative Brad Jones (R-North Reading) stated, "Representative Whelan has been a strong advocate for the residents of the 1st Barnstable District, and I believe he will do an outstanding job in his new committee assignments. As the only member of Ways & Means from the Cape & Islands region, I am confident he will continue to do everything he can to ensure that the needs and concerns of his district are addressed".
Rep. Whelan will return to the Joint Committee on Higher Education where he has been a strong advocate for expanding public college opportunities through Cape Cod Community College, including their newly launched FAA certified airframe and power plant curriculum, as well as the South Yarmouth campus of Bridgewater State University. As ranking member on the Public Service Committee Rep. Whelan will work closely with Committee Chairmen on legislation affecting rights and working conditions for public employees and retirees.