State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today announced he will serve as the top Democratic member of the Ohio House Finance Committee for the new legislative session. 

“I am humbled by our leadership team’s trust in me to help carry the state budget through Finance Committee, and I look forward to working with members on both sides of the aisle to create a stronger economy and improve the livelihood of all Ohioans,” said Cera. “Additionally, I am especially honored to be in a position to help the people of my district in Eastern Ohio to overcome the challenges that we have faced over the last several years, such as job loss and the opioid crisis, and will work diligently on their behalf.”

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

-Ways and Means

-Agriculture and Rural Development

-State Controlling Board

He also hopes to continue his work on the Coal Technical Advisory Committee, which has yet to be announced.

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.

Cera was elected to his third term in November and sworn in earlier this month. He represents House District 96, which encompasses all of Jefferson and Monroe Counties and part of Belmont County. He first served in the legislature from 1983-1996 and returned to the legislature in 2012. A Brown University graduate, he is married and has two daughters. Cera has continued to support Ohio’s working families and the elderly by advocating for good paying jobs and fair tax policies. This term he will work to assist local governments, establish equitable education funding and to make college more affordable for everyone. Cera will also continue his efforts to return tax dollars gained through oil and gas production back to Eastern Ohio communities that have contributed to the industry.

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