State Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) today announced he will return as the top Democratic member of the Ohio House Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committee for the new legislation session.  

“I am excited to return as ranking member for the Armed Services committee,” said Craig, an army veteran. “I look forward to bringing my experience and perspective to the table when crafting legislation to help our military vets.” 

Craig will also serve on the following committees to help shape and refine public policy during the 132nd General Assembly: 

- Aging and Long Term Care
- Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development
- Public Utilities

The House of Representatives has 21 standing committees now after House Republicans slightly altered the committee structure for the 132nd General Assembly. The Judiciary Committee was split into two separate Criminal and Civil Justice Committees, committees on state and local government were consolidated, and several new committees – including Aging & Long-Term Care and Federalism & Interstate Relations – were established, among other changes. 

Committees are held any time before or after House floor sessions and are open to the public. House Finance Committee is generally broadcast live on the internet. The Ohio Senate recently announced they would begin to livestream additional standing committees, but the House has not yet indicated whether it will follow suit. 

Craig, elected to his second term in November and sworn in earlier this month, served our nation in the United States Army from 1970 to 1972. He previously served on Columbus City Council from 2007 to 2014. In addition, Rep. Craig has a long history of service working for numerous organizations in Ohio, resulting in him being recognized as the Public Servant of the Year by Community Shares of Mid-Ohio in 2011. 

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