Columbus – Today, State Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) was appointed to five key standing committees by Senate leadership, including being named as Ranking Member on the important Senate Finance Committee.  The Senate Finance Committee plays a central role in the adoption of the State's Biennial Operating Budget, as well as the Mid-Biennium Review and the Capital Budget. 

"I am truly honored by this appointment and grateful for the confidence Senator Schiavoni and my Democratic colleagues have placed in me," Senator Skindell said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Operating Budget and other state funding issues.”

This will be the third session in which Senator Skindell will be the Ranking Member on the Senate Finance Committee.  Skindell previously served as Ranking Member on the Senate Finance Committee in the 129th and 131st General Assemblies.   As Ranking Member on the Finance Committee, Senator Skindell works to ensure that a fair shot is provided to allow working families to be successful in our economy, students to achieve a quality education and senior citizens to have a meaningful retirement. 

In addition, Senator Skindell will serve on the Senate Agriculture, Judiciary, Energy & Natural Resources, and Government Oversight committees. These committees will touch on public policy important to many aspects of the state of Ohio.

 
 
 
  
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