Sen. Hickman appointed to chair Labor and Housing Committee
AUGUSTA — Senate President Troy Jackson of Allagash has appointed Sen. Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop, to serve as Senate Chair of the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing.
“The Labor and Housing Committee oversees so many bills that impact Mainer’s lives and livelihoods. I’m honored to be appointed to chair this committee, and I’m eager to get to work with my fellow legislators on the most vital issues of our time,” said Sen. Hickman. “Now more than ever, during our current economic crisis, workers and small businesses need to know their elected leaders have their backs.”
A lifelong advocate for individual rights, civil liberties, Sen. Hickman has been a strong supporter of workers, small businesses and entrepreneurs. During his time in the legislature, his support for working Mainers earned him a score of 100 percent from the AFL-CIO. He previously served as House Chair of the Legislature’s Committee on Agriculture, Conservervation and Forestry and as a member of the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs.
The Labor and Housing Committee is responsible for legislation related to the Department of Labor, working conditions, collective bargaining, public and private sector retirement systems, Maine State Housing Authority, landlord-tenant laws, housing safety, building codes and more.
Sen. Hickman was elected to serve Senate District 14 in a special election on March 9.
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.