Blake Selected to Chair Senate Finance Committee for 2019-20 Session

HARRISBURG, January 16, 2019 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that he will again serve as the Democratic Chairman for the Senate Finance Committee in the 2019-20 legislative session.

Blake, who was also recently re-selected as a member Senate Democratic Leadership team in the role of Caucus Administrator, has served as the Finance Committee chair since 2013.

“It is an honor and privilege to continue serving our caucus as the chair of the Finance Committee where I will again be at the forefront of discussions on important and needed reforms to our state and municipal pension systems,” Blake said. “I am also very pleased to again serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee and for the first time to have a seat on the Senate Transportation Committee.  These six committee assignments give our area an opportunity to be heard on issues central to our region and our Commonwealth.”

In addition to his committee chairmanship, Blake will also serve as a member of the Senate Appropriations; Community, Economic and Recreational Development; Local Government; Transportation; and Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committees.

The Senate returns to session on Monday, January 28.

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Blake Selected to Chair Two Senate Committees in 2017-18 Session

SCRANTON, January 20, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that he will serve as the Democratic Chairman for both the Senate Finance and Local Government Committees in the 2017-18 legislative session.

Blake, who was also recently selected as a member Senate Democratic Leadership team in the role of Caucus Administrator, served as the Finance Committee chair in the previous two legislative sessions.

“I am very much looking forward to added responsibilities and the important work that lies ahead as a member of our Senate Democratic Leadership team; as Democratic Chairman for two Senate committees; and as member of 8 standing committees,” Blake said. “As the Finance chair I will continue to defend our caucus position on critically important pension reform proposals and returning to the chairmanship of the Local Government Committee, I will be at the forefront of important public policy debates which are important to cities, counties and municipalities in the 22nd District.”

In addition to his two committee chairmanships, Blake will also serve as a member of the Senate Appropriations; Agriculture & Rural Affairs; Community, Economic and Recreational Development; Urban Affairs & Housing; Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness; and Senate Democratic Policy Committees.

Blake previously served as the Democratic Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee in the 2011-12 legislative session.

The Senate returns to session on Monday, January 23.

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Blake Tapped to Chair Two Senate Committees

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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