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Dec. 3, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House leaders have outlined an ambitious slate of committee assignments for State Rep. Melanie Wright (D-Yorktown) as she begins her first year as a lawmaker.
House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath from Michigan City announced today that Wright will serve as the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture & Rural Development Committee during the 2015 and 2016 sessions of the Indiana General Assembly. Wright also will serve on three other standing committees: Local Government; Family, Children & Human Affairs; and Insurance.
“Going into this session, I already knew that I could count on Melanie Wright to serve as one of the leading voices for House Democrats on issues involving public education,” Pelath said.
“As I have gotten to know her, I now realize that Melanie provides a wide diversity of experiences and expertise in several different fields that will help us articulate issues and positions that benefit Hoosiers. I look forward to seeing her become one of this session’s leading lights.”
Wright said the committee assignments reflect her background growing up in rural Indiana, as well as her interest in helping smaller towns across the state search out ways to thrive in a changing global economy.
“I represent a district that is primarily rural, and I believe we will have a prime opportunity to explore ways to help these areas find sustained economic development opportunities,” Wright said.
“There are many bright minds across the communities that make up Indiana House District 35 and I look forward to using their skills to help us form policies that help ensure that economic growth and prosperity extends beyond the boundaries of our largest cities.
“I also was pleased to see that I will be working on a committee that helps protect our youngest Hoosiers and looks for ways to strengthen our families,” she continued. “One priority will be to find solutions to our state’s terrible infant mortality rate, which is among the worst in the country.
“These are all very challenging, but I look forward to digging in and starting to get some work done,” Wright concluded.