WILTON, Conn. – State Rep. Gail Lavielle was appointed Wednesday as an Assistant Republican Leader, giving her significant influence in crafting and passing legislation.
House Republican Leader Themis Klarides made the appointment for Lavielle, who was sworn in for her fourth term in the Connecticut House of Representatives on Wednesday. Lavielle represents the 143rd district, which includes parts of Wilton, Westport, and Norwalk.
Lavielle will also continue as Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Education Committee. Klarides also assigned her to two other powerful committees; Finance, Revenue, and Bonding, and Transportation.
Rep. Lavielle will also sit on the House Republicans’ Screening Committee, which reviews all bills that are sent to the House floor.
“Gail has been a tireless and effective advocate for her district and for the state of Connecticut,” Klarides said. “This session will see the closest margins between the majority and minority in recent memory. I need a talented and dedicated team of leaders to assist me in working with the majority party. Gail will be a key player in the House, making sure the General Assembly works to relieve the undue stress that government places on Connecticut families and businesses.”
Lavielle is honored to have been entrusted with these new responsibilities in the House. “With near parity between the parties, this is a historic moment for the state of Connecticut,” she said. “There has never been a better opportunity to work across the aisle to develop policies that will restore Connecticut’s financial health, reduce the tax pressure on families and businesses, improve the economic climate and infrastructure, and preserve essential services. I believe that these roles and appointments position me well to focus on the issues that are most important to Norwalk, Westport, and Wilton, and to do so with the authority that comes with a leadership role.”
Rep. Lavielle will serve in a House of Representatives with more partisan balance, with 72 Republicans to 78 Democrats.
Lavielle is Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Commerce Committee and a member of the Appropriations, Education, and Higher Education Committees.
Lavielle, who resides in Wilton, was elected to the House in 2011. She worked for more than 25 years in finance, marketing, and communication.