Sen. Rafferty appointed to chair Education and Cultural Affairs Committee
AUGUSTA — Senate President Troy Jackson of Allagash has appointed Sen. Joe Rafferty, D-Kennebunk, to serve as Senate Chair of the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs.
“Anyone who knows me knows how much I care about education, especially in regard to how it sets our young people on a pathway to lifelong success,” said Sen. Rafferty. “It has been an honor to serve on this committee, and I’m looking forward to serving as Senate Chair going forward.”
The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee is responsible for legislation related to the Department of Education, school budgets, the University of Maine System, Maine Community College System, Maine Arts Commission, Maine Historical Society, Maine Public and more.
Sen. Rafferty was the first in his family to graduate from college, with a degree in physical education. He went on to have an extended career in education, working from 1984 until his retirement from full-time teaching in 2018. He recently completed his 42nd season as the Head Football Coach of the Kennebunk Rams and works in the school district as a substitute teacher and bus driver.
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.