Severin Takes Posts on Several House Committees, Will Serve as Ranking Republican Member on Higher Education Appropriations and Energy and Environment

BENTON – 116th District State Rep. Dave Severin (R-Benton) announced this week that he has received appointments to serve on several key Illinois House Committees. Severin highlights his committee service will include serving as the House Republican Minority Spokesman for the House Higher Education Appropriations and Energy and Environment Committees.

“I am proud to accept the appointment to serve as the House Republican spokesman for the House’s Higher Education Appropriations Committee. The 116th district is home to 3 key community colleges in Wabash Valley College, Frontier Community College, and Rend Lake College, with several others from across the region within a close distance,” Severin said. “As the minority spokesman on the House Higher Education Appropriations Committee, I’ll be fighting for Southern Illinois’ fair share of higher education dollars and working to make our community colleges and universities the best in the world.”

Severin says he’s excited to represent the House Republicans and the 116th district as the Minority Spokesman for the House Energy and Environment Committee, as Southern Illinois has been the target of Green New Deal policies that have driven up costs for consumers and begun the war on cheap, efficient, reliable, and plentiful fossil fuels.

“There have been a lot of policies that have passed in Illinois that are hurting people’s budgets, and none have been more harmful than the Green New deal policies that unfairly target coal, oil, and natural gas,” Severin said. “Southern Illinois and especially the district that I represent is home to more than a century’s worth of these resources. I’m going to work to end the war on affordable energy in Illinois as the lead spokesman on this committee. The people I serve deserve a voice and a seat at the table.”

Severin will also serve as a permanent member on the House’s Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations Committee, the House Mental Health Committee, and the House Veteran’s Affairs Committees.

“I am serving on a perfect mix of Committees to help bring the voice and values of the people of the 116th district forward to Springfield for the 103rd General Assembly. It’s time to get to work,” Severin said.