Newly sworn in State Representative Phil Miller officially took office at the State Capitol as a member of the Connecticut General Assembly.
“I am honored that the residents of Essex, Chester, Deep River and Haddam have put their faith in me to represent them in these challenging times,” said Miller. “I’m looking forward to using my experience balancing municipal budgets as we work together to find balanced solutions that make sense for our state.”
Miller, a Democrat, was elected on February 22nd in a special election to represent the 36th Assembly District of Essex, Chester, Deep River and Haddam. James Spallone had represented the district since 2000, but gave up his seat in early January after being named Deputy Secretary of the State.
Miller was named to the Environment, Human Services, and Public Health committees by Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan (D-Meriden).
The Environment Committee is responsible for all issues relating to Connecticut’s environment and agriculture. The Human Services Committee oversees all legislation concerning the Department of Social Services (DSS), the state’s largest agency, and the Department of Children and Families (DCF). The Public Health Committee has authority over all programs and matters relating to health matters, including mental health, emergency medical services, substance abuse, medical licenses, nursing homes, pure food and drugs, and controlled substances.
“Phil brings a wealth of experience to the Capitol that will be very beneficial as we face the challenges ahead,” said Donovan. “As First Selectman of Essex, Phil provides an important perspective on the relationship between our smaller towns and the state.”