Michigan Republican Rep. Pat Somerville was appointed this past week to serve as the vice chair of the state House Committee on Financial Services and was assigned to the committees on commerce, local government and tax policy.
“We have been able to make significant reforms over the past two years that have helped turn this state around and gotten us back on the right path,” Somerville said, according to Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch. “WE have accomplished a lot of good in that short time, but there is still so much to do. I look forward to using this new leadership position to continue making Michigan a better place to live and work for us all.”
Somerville, the former chairman of the Wayne County Young Republicans and a member of the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce, received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. He was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010.
House committees oversee and review legislation that affects their specialty area and make recommendations as to whether the entire House should undertake the passage of the bill. Committee chairmen run the committee meetings, organize informational hearings on issues that affect lawmakers and the public, and decide when legislation will be heard, Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch reports.