Connecticut House Speaker Matthew Ritter (D-Hartford) announced the appointment of Rep. Joseph P. Gresko (D-Stratford) as the new House chair of the Environment Committee.
Rep. Gresko had been serving as chair of the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee. This change comes as part of a series of committee reassignments following the election of Rep. Patricia Billie Miller to the State Senate.
“Rep. Gresko, who has previously served as vice chair of this committee, has been one of the most passionate advocates for the protection and preservation of our environment,” said Speaker Ritter. “I am confident that he will make sure Connecticut safeguards its natural resources and is a national leader in the fight against climate change.”
“I am grateful to Speaker Ritter and Majority Leader Rojas for placing their trust in me to lead the Environment Committee,” said Rep. Gresko. “As someone who lives in and represents a coastal community, I am well aware of the work that we must do to protect and maintain our beautiful parks, beaches, and waterways from the harmful effects of pollution and a changing climate. I’m excited to address these challenges right away.”
In addition to his legislative work on environmental issues, Rep. Gresko is a Green/Energy Coordinator for the City of Bridgeport and is a member of both the Connecticut Forest and Parks Association (CFPA) and the Trust for Public Land (TPL).
Rep. Gresko, who was first elected to represent the 121st District in the House of Representatives in 2016, also sits on the Energy and Technology Committee.