State Rep. John M. Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake) today announced that he will serve as the top Democratic member of the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee for the new legislative session.  

“It is a tremendous honor to have been selected by House leadership to serve as the ranking member on the Ways and Means Committee,” said Rogers. “I look forward to addressing and refining important policy issues for not only the 60th House District, but for all of Ohio families.” 

Rep. Rogers has also been assigned to serve on the following committees during the 132nd General Assembly: 

- Finance
- Public Utilities
- Criminal Justice
- Finance Subcommittee on Transportation 

Rogers will also continue to serve on the Local Government Innovation Council and the nonpartisan Criminal Justice Recodification Committee, which is scheduled to complete its revision of Ohio’s criminal code later this spring. 

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. 

Rep. Rogers, who is a licensed practicing attorney, was elected to his third term this past November and sworn in earlier this month. Prior to being elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, he previously served as the mayor and safety director of Mentor-on-the-Lake for over 19 years and was an assistant Lake County prosecuting attorney. Rep. Rogers also previously served as the ranking member on the Local Government Committee and has served on the Ways and Means Committee for his past two terms. 

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