HARTFORD - State Rep. Sean Scanlon (D-Guilford) was named House chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee by incoming Speaker of the House Matthew Ritter on Tuesday. The powerful budget committee has jurisdiction over all matters relating to finance, revenue, capital bonding, fees and taxation.
"I am deeply honored to be named chairman of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and I'm grateful to Speaker Ritter for entrusting me with this great responsibility," said Scanlon. "Connecticut certainly faces challenges when it comes to our finances but I'm truly excited to be given the opportunity to address those challenges, craft our state budget and most importantly help grow Connecticut's economy."
Speaker-designate Ritter said, “Sean sees through complex issues and comes up with innovative solutions - I witnessed him do it over-and-over again with critical health care reforms on the Insurance Committee. He is an incredible leader and I am thrilled to have him on my team as House Chair of the Finance Committee.”
Majority Leader Jason Rojas said, “As the immediate past chair of the Finance Committee, I can tell you that Rep. Scanlon is going to transition smoothly into this new role at a critical time in our state's history. He has the intellectual firepower and understanding of what our state needs in terms of tax policy to help move our economy forward.”
Scanlon, 33, was just elected to his fourth term representing parts of Guilford and Branford. He has spent the last four years as House chairman of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee and has become known as one of the legislature's foremost advocates for health care reform. As House chair, Scanlon said he was proud to write and pass several key laws during his time as chairman including banning discrimination for those with pre-existing conditions, creating insurance parity for mental health equal to physical health, capping the cost of insulin at $25, requiring health insurance plans to cover ten "Essential Health Benefits" such as maternity care and hospital visits, and creating Connecticut's first prescription drug price transparency law requiring drug companies to justify large price increases.
While Scanlon said health care will always be his passion and he will continue to work on the issue despite his new role, he said his focus will now be on the economy.
"COVID has been a major disrupting force in our economy but I believe it also presents us with an opportunity to hit refresh and evaluate whether the way we did things pre-COVID still makes sense and what changes we can make to put individuals and businesses in a better position to succeed financially post-COVID," said Scanlon. "Now is the time to think big and challenge ourselves, Democrats and Republicans, to work together to chart a course out of the storm."