HARRISBURG, Nov. 12, 2014 – State Sen. John Blake today was named the Democratic vice-chairman of Senate Appropriations Committee, the legislative panel charged with allocating billions of taxpayer dollars throughout the commonwealth.

Sen. Blake issued the following statement:

“I am deeply humbled to take on this new responsibility of serving as the vice chairman of appropriations for the Senate Democratic caucus, and I am grateful for the confidence of Sen. Jay Costa, the Democratic leader.

“I am committed to supporting our caucus and our Appropriations Committee chairman, Vince Hughes, in every way possible. I am also looking forward to serving in this new capacity and having an effective interface with the Wolf administration.”

Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Pittsburgh) served as the committee’s vice-chairman during the 2013-2014 legislative session. Ferlo is retiring after serving three terms in the Senate.

Blake was re-elected to his second term last week as senator for the 22nd Senatorial District, which serves Lackawanna County and portions of Luzerne and Monroe counties.