State Rep.Dorinda Borer (D-115) has been tapped to serve as House Chairman of the Environment Committee by Speaker-Designate Matt Ritter and Majority Leader-Designate Jason Rojas.
Borer is from West Haven, home to the longest usable shoreline in Connecticut which prompted her work in advocating for a clean and protective coastal management system throughout the state. One of her priorities is addressing the complicated and aging waste system, which includes reducing single-use plastic, polystyrene and food waste in landfills. She has also worked to reduce harmful chemicals in the environment.
“I am impressed with Rep. Borer’s ability to think outside of the box and identify opportunities to support our environmental and economic goals for the state. She is committed to strengthening our standing in critical environmental priorities and I am elated to have her lead the Environment Committee,” Ritter said.
“Rep. Borer has earned high scores for her legislative record of fighting to protect our natural resources,” said Rojas. “As Chairman of the Environment Committee, I am convinced she will leverage her experience and intellect to advance our collective priorities for preserving our environment which is essential to our state’s quality of life.”
“I want to thank Speaker-Designate Ritter and Majority Leader-Designate Rojas for appointing me to this critical role,” Borer stated. “Today, more than ever, it is important to respect scientists and experts who continually share their knowledge on climate change and to also implement innovative solutions that will create a healthier environment for future generations.”
The Environment Committee has cognizance of matters relating to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection that include clean air, clean water, conservation, recreation, pollution control, fisheries/shell fish and game, state parks and forests, water resources and flood and erosion control; and all matters relating to the Department of Agriculture, including farming, dairy products and the welfare and habitats of our domestic and wild animals.
Rep. Borer said, “This committee focuses on issues that touch our lives in so many ways. From the Long Island Sound, air and water quality to parks, rivers and streams and farming, it is also a driver for our economic development and job creation.”
Dorinda Borer was re-elected to her third legislative term. She is currently Chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and a member of the Environment and Public Health Committees. She also leads the legislature’s Bipartisan Women’s Caucus, serves on the Governor’s Women and Girls Council, the Coastal Caucus and the Arts Tourism and Culture Caucus.