State Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-21) has been appointed the top Republican state senator on three legislative committees — the Aging Committee, the Insurance & Real Estate Committee, and the Committee on Children.

As ranking member of these three committees, Kelly will work with two Democrat co-chairs, a Republican ranking member from the House of Representatives, and fellow committee members to review and refine legislative proposals before bills are brought before the full General Assembly for consideration.

Kelly has served as a leader on the Aging Committee and Insurance & Real Estate Committee for many years. Kelly said he looks forward to continuing to lead our state in these areas, and taking on the new task of ranking member on the Committee on Children.

“One of the most important roles of any state lawmaker is to make sure the state lives within its means at the same time we protect the most vulnerable,” said Kelly. “I have long dedicated myself to helping those who feel they don’t have a voice to be heard at the state Capitol.”

Kelly said he remains committed helping senior citizens access support to help them age in place, to help people obtain affordable health care, and to ensure that the state’s youngest residents have the safety and support they need to grow into successful adults.

“Our state faces many challenges on the horizon,” added Kelly, “and we need to be smart about what choices we as a legislature make in the coming months to boost development, create opportunity and protect core services for those most in need.”

The Connecticut General Assembly convenes on Wednesday, Jan. 9.