HARRISBURG, June 29, 2015 – State Sen. Larry Farnese has been named the new Democratic chairman of a Senate committee.

Farnese, who has been a member of the Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee, is now one of its leaders.

“Whether internet gaming or policies that propose to help or hurt the fabric of Pennsylvania life, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Democratic chairman of this important panel,” Farnese said. “Sen. Sean Wiley has done an excellent job raising points and counterpoints with legislation brought before this group, and I pledge to continue working hard to do the same.”

Wiley (D-Erie) had served as the Democratic chairman of the Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee. Sen. Kim Ward of Westmoreland County is the Republican chair.

Farnese was the Democratic chairman of the Senate Communications and Technology Committee, but he resigned that post last week to open a space for newly elected Sen. John Sabatina.

Farnese will continue working as a member of the Senate Banking & Insurance; Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure; Judiciary; and Rules & Executive Nominations committees.

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