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Thursday February 2nd, 2023 7:20PM

Local state representatives named chairmen of various committees

By Lawson Smith Reporter

Representatives Matt Dubnik, Chris Erwin and  Senator Greg Dolezal were named committee Chairmen this past week.  

The House Committee on Assignments, chaired by House Speaker Jon Burns (R-Newington), is charged with making all House committee assignments for the members of the Georgia House of Representatives. 

State Representative Matt Dubnik (R-Gainesville) was named the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.

“What an honor it is to lead the investment in Georgia’s 1.8 million young learners,” Rep. Dubnik said. “The responsibility of overseeing more than $12 billion dollars in the state budget for K-12 education is a task that I am ready for and have prepared for during my time serving on the Appropriations Committee since 2019, as well as serving as the chairman of the House Education Committee since 2021. We will help all students, teachers and school systems to succeed, regardless of their zip code.”

According to a press release, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education assists with drafting budgets, specifically budgetary items related to Pre-K and K-12 education.

Matt Dubnik represents the citizens of District 29, which includes portions of Gainesville, Oakwood, and Hall County. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2016.

State Representative Chris Erwin (R-Homer) was named the Chairman of the House Education Committee. 

“I am honored to serve the communities in House District 32, especially the families who’ve chosen to call Northeast Georgia home,” Erwin said. “My passion all of my adult life has been to assist our youth in their quest for education and to develop their path to a productive future. I look forward to guiding legislation that can help our youth achieve their goals and help parents feel secure in sending their children to our K-12 schools.”

The House Education Committee is responsible for all aspects of legislation that deals with Pre-K and K-12 education in Georgia.

Representative Chris Erwin represents the citizens of District 32, which includes Banks and Stephens counties, as well as portions of Habersham and Jackson counties. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2018. 

Senator Greg Dolezal (R - Cumming) was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Transportation and as the Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee last week. 

“I am honored to have been chosen by Lt. Governor Burt Jones and my fellow members of the Senate Committee on Assignments in for the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Transportation,” Senator Dolezal said. “Establishing the infrastructure to ensure that Georgians are able to move around the state with ease is of the utmost importance. It is up to the committee to guarantee that all issues relating to highway safety, regulation of intrastate common carriers including railroads, buses, trucks, vessels, pipelines, and civil aviation are heard and vetted thoroughly within the committee process.”

Dolezal was also appointed to serve as Vice-Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, the Committee charged with the state budget in the Senate.

“We saw the value of conservative budgeting when COVID interrupted the state revenue and we were able to lean on our strong reserves built up over years to bridge the gap. I am excited to begin the work for this next fiscal year as we spend Georgians hard earned tax dollars with a fiscally conservative mindset,” Dolezal said. “Governor Kemp has already committed to two billion dollars in tax refunds for this upcoming year and an additional $2,000 pay raise for teachers, which shows we can prioritize both wise spending and returning money to hard working Georgians to help offset the financial pressure from record inflation.”

In addition to serving in these roles, Sen. Dolezal was named a member of the powerful Rules Committee, which controls the flow of bills to the Senate floor, the Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee and the Committee on Assignments, which meets daily throughout the session to assign bills to each committee. Sen. Dolezal is also a voting Ex-Officio member of the Finance, Education and Youth and Reapportionment and Redistricting Committees.

Sen. Greg Dolezal serves as Chief Deputy Whip. He represents the 27th Senate District, which includes parts of Forsyth County.

For a complete list of all House committee assignments, click here.

 

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