Senator Lesser Named Senate Chairman of Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies

Additional committee assignments include Financial Services, Higher Education, Transportation and Veterans and Federal Affairs

Boston — Senate President Stan Rosenberg named Senator Eric P. Lesser Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Wednesday.

“I look forward to using this new role to bring new opportunities to Western Mass. More and more businesses are choosing our region as the place they want to invest in, and my goal is to open the door to these opportunities and bring jobs and higher incomes to our region,” Lesser said.

The committee is critically important to Western Massachusetts. It oversees matters concerning commercial and industrial establishments; casino gambling and gaming; industrial development; science and technology; research and development; information, networking, the Internet, data storage and access; biotechnology and medical devices; environmental technologies; and workforce training, among many other issues.

Lesser’s large portfolio touches a wide range of issues, from higher education to veterans affairs to transportation. In addition to his chairmanship, Lesser will serve as Senate Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Financial Services and as member of the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, as well as member of the following joint committees:

  • Elder Affairs
  • Health Care Financing
  • Higher Education
  • Transportation
  • Veterans and Federal Affairs

“We are in an exciting moment for our region. Springfield’s new developments, and Chicopee’s new hotels and business openings are just a few reasons for optimism in our region’s future. It is time to use all the tools at our disposal to capture our potential, and I am eager to get to work leveling the playing field for Western Mass families,” Lesser said.

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