|Sen. Bill Diamond|
AUGUSTA — Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, has been appointed by Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to chair the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation for the 129th Legislative session. The Transportation Committee is responsible for legislation related to roads, bridges, highways, trains and other transportation-related matters.
“I am thrilled to be Senate chair of the Transportation Committee because of the many transportation-related needs in my Senate district,” said Sen. Diamond. “This committee is one of the most highly sought-after committees in the legislature, and I’m proud to be able to serve as Senate chair for the next two years.”
Sen. Diamond also will serve on the Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Committee, which is responsible for legislation related to Maine’s forests and farmlands.
Sen. Diamond has had a distinguished career in public service. In previous terms, he has served on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, as the Senate chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice, and as a member of the Transportation Committee. In the 124th Legislature, he served as the chairman of Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. From 1989 to 1997, Sen. Diamond served as Maine’s Secretary of State. Before his tenure as Secretary of State, he served three terms in the Maine House of Representatives, including one term as assistant majority leader.
Lawmakers are assigned to committees by the presiding officers based on their interests, experience and professional background. Joint standing committees are composed of three senators and ten representatives. The Legislature reconvened on Wednesday, January 2.