HARRISBURG, January 11, 2011 – – State Sen. John P. Blake today announced that he will serve as Democratic Chairman of both the Senate Local Government Committee and the newly formed Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee for the 2011-12 session.

“As a first-term senator it is an honor to serve as minority chairman of two committees and to take on work in five other committees. I welcome the challenge,” Blake said. “Through my chairmanship in the Intergovernmental Operations Committee I plan to work with my colleagues in the Senate as well as with the new administration to take a close look at efficiency in state government and to find smart ways to streamline operations while retaining programs and services that are essential to our citizens and to our economic competitiveness.”

As minority chairman of the Local Government Committee, Blake will help move legislation that addresses state-related issues facing local governments throughout the state. Blake will also serve as a member of the Senate Appropriations, Labor and Industry, Community, Economic & Recreational Development, Urban Affairs & Housing and Senate Policy Committees.

“There are numerous challenges that the legislature must tackle in the coming months and there are important and difficult choices to be made. I am grateful for the trust and responsibility placed in me by Senator Costa, our Democratic Leader, and I believe my committee appointments will allow the citizens of my district to have a strong voice in all areas,” Blake added.

The state Senate returns to session on January 18.

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