Jason Perillo will serve as Republican whip in legislature

State Rep. Jason Perillo of Shelton has been named House Republican whip, ascending within the ranks of legislative leadership.

As the GOP whip, Perillo will play a greater role in policies advanced by the House Republican caucus and will take on the task of developing and educating new caucus members.

The appointment was made by the incoming House Republican leader, state Rep. Themis Klarides of Derby.

“I appreciate the trust the new Republican leader has placed in me to help advance our collective policy goals as the legislature goes back to work in January,” Perillo said.

Klarides called Perillo “a dependable and articulate voice on this side of the aisle on many important issues the legislature has faced. In his new role as Republican whip, I know that his considerable experience and insight will serve the House Republicans and the legislature well.”

Appointed to three committees

Perillo also has received his committee assignments.

He will serve on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, which has jurisdiction over all matters relating to finance, revenue, capital bonding, fees and taxation.

Perillo also will serve on the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee, which reviews appointments to key state posts by the governor and the legislature, and will return to the Public Health Committee.

The Public Health Committee oversees programs and matters relating to the Department of Public Health, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Department of Developmental Services; the Office of Health Care Access; emergency medical services, licensing boards within the Department of Public Health; nursing homes, food and drug purity, controlled substances, and the treatment of substance abuse.

Session begins in January

The 2015 session of the Connecticut General Assembly will begin Jan. 7, and conclude on June 3.

Perillo represents the 113th House District, which includes about half of Shelton. He was first elected in a 2007 special election.

He previously served on Shelton’s Board of Aldermen, Planning and Zoning Commission, and Board of Apportionment and Taxation.