Newest House Republican Members Assigned to State and Local Government Committee

Newest House Republican Members Assigned to State and Local Government Committee While Two other House Republicans removed while House Democrats status remains unchanged

Augusta – House Republicans are pleased to have our two newest members seated in the House Chamber and assigned to their respective committees. Rep. Matt Harrington (R) of Springvale and Rep. Lester Ordway (R) of Standish were both assigned to the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government.

In addition, two other puzzling moves were made by House Speaker Mark Eves, when he rescinded the appointments of two House Republicans currently serving on the State and Local Government Committee to make room for the new members.

Rep. Beth Turner (R) of Turner and Rep. Will Tuell (R) of East Machias had both served on the committee during the first session but were removed.

Rep. Turner, who served as the House Republican Lead on the committee, and Rep. Tuell were the only two House Republicans to serve on two committees last session and now no House Republicans serve on more than one Joint Standing Committee. Meanwhile, 13 House Democrats still serve on multiple committees and despite the fact that House Republican Leadership does not serve on a Joint Standing Committee, House Majority Leader Rep. Jeff McCabe (D) of Skowhegan was recently appointed to serve on the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

“We’re confident that Rep. Harrington and Rep. Ordway will both serve their constituents and the people of Maine well on the State and Local Government Committee,” said Assistant House Republican Leader Rep. Ellie Espling of New Gloucester. “We are also proud of the service of both Rep. Turner and Rep. Tuell on the State and Local Government Committee during the first session and we were hopeful they would continue to serve on State and Local Government in the second session. Considering the fact that our new members both won seats that had been occupied by Democrats we had hoped the Speaker would allow the makeup of the committees to more accurately reflect the bipartisan makeup of the House of Representatives. It’s disappointing to see that he is not.”

“I have all the faith in the world in Rep. Harrington and Rep. Ordway and I know they will serve their constituents well on the State and Local Government Committee,” said Rep. Turner. “That being said, it’s disappointing that I won’t be able to finish the good work we started last session.”

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