With the new session of the legislature scheduled to begin on January 5th, State Representative T.R. Rowe (R-123) has been tapped to co-chair the legislature’s Program Review and Investigations Committee. Rowe will be one of only two Republicans to chair legislative committees in the majority Democrat legislature. The committee’s primary charge is to examine state government programs and their administration to ascertain whether such programs are effective, continue to serve their intended purposes, and are efficient and effective.
He received his appointment from the House Republican Leader as well as assignments to other committees he will serve on during his newest term. “Representative Rowe has distinguished himself as a member of the House Republican caucus and I have every expectation that he will do excellent work in all of the committees I have appointed him to,” said Rep. Lawrence Cafero, Jr., the House Republican Leader.
“I am honored to be appointed co-chairman of the Program Review committee, and take the responsibility very seriously,” said Rowe. “It is an especially significant responsibility during the state’s current financial duress, when every program the state funds must be examined for maximum efficiency and effectiveness for the investment taxpayers make in them.”
Rowe will continue serving on the legislature’s Judiciary Committee. This committee oversees all matters concerning the Judicial and Corrections Departments, and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. It also deals with criminal law, judicial procedures, estates and judicial nominations among many other legal issues.
Additionally, Rep. Rowe will return to the Regulations Review Committee which reviews regulations proposed by state agencies approves them before their implementation. He will also return to the legislature’s Housing Committee which has cognizance over all matters concerning housing and housing programs.
Rep. Rowe represents the 123rd District which includes most of Trumbull. He was re-elected to his seventh term on November 2, 2010.