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Shelton Representative Takes Environmental Post In New Legislature

Rep. Ben McGorty, who represents parts of Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull, returned for a second term to the House of Representatives in Connecticut.
Rep. Ben McGorty, who represents parts of Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull, returned for a second term to the House of Representatives in Connecticut. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – State Representative Ben McGorty, a Republican from the 122nd District that includes parts of Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull, was sworn in to a new term last week in the State House of Representatives as the legislature began its 2017 session.

McGorty will serve on the Environment Committee, which oversees all matters relating to the Department of Environmental Protection, including conservation, recreation, pollution control, fisheries and game, state parks and forests, water resources and flood and erosion control; and all matters relating to the Department of Agriculture, including farming, dairy products and domestic animals.

In addition, he will serve on the legislature’s Judiciary Committee which oversees matters relating to courts, judicial procedures, and criminal law, as well as all reviews all judicial nominees, and the Transportation Committee, which handles all matters relating to the Department of Transportation, including highways and bridges, navigation, aeronautics, mass transit and railroads; and to the State Traffic Commission and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

“I am pleased to return to the capitol and begin the tough work ahead of us as we begin the committee process,” said McGorty. “Our state is continuing down the wrong economic path under this administration, and I intend to do all I can to change that direction, and help return Connecticut to the prosperous state it should be.”

McGorty returns this year to a House of Representatives with greater partisan parity with 72 Republicans and 76 Democrats following the 2016 election. McGorty, a real estate agent, was first elected to the Chamber in 2014 in a special election. He is also a volunteer with the Shelton Fire Department. He returned to office with a lopsided victory in November over Democrat Arlene Liscinsky, capturing more than 79 percent of the vote.

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