Republicans Name Corman as Senate Appropriations Chair

 Will Head Fiscal Review Panel Through 2009-10 Legislative Session

Senate Republicans today elected Sen. Jake Corman (R-34) to serve as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee for the 2009-10 Legislative Session. The Appropriations Committee reviews all legislation for its fiscal impact and plays a crucial role in developing the state budget.

“I am truly honored by my colleagues’ support and look forward to serving as chairman of this important committee,” Senator Corman said. “Our basic responsibility is to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania and I am committed to working with my colleagues to ensure that state expenditures are made in a fiscally-responsible manner.”

“We are very pleased to have Senator Corman serving as the head of this important committee,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25). “His experience and commitment to fiscal responsibility will be crucial as we negotiate this year’s budget during these difficult economic times.”

Senator Corman said the General Assembly must be prudent and thorough in its review of the state budget and spending measures.

“With Pennsylvania facing a revenue shortfall between $1 billion and $2 billion, by the Governor’s own estimates, we must take a hard look at state spending,” Senator Corman said. “With the tough economic times here in Pennsylvania and across the nation, we must be pragmatic and responsible in spending now and in the future. We must not look for short-term solutions that could have serious long-term ramifications on the Commonwealth and its citizens.”

Senator Corman is a graduate of Bellefonte Area High School, the Pennsylvania College of Technology where he earned an associates degree in Communications, and the Pennsylvania State University where he received a BA degree in Journalism. He was elected as the Pennsylvania State Senator from the 34th District in November 1998. Since that time he has served as Chairman of the Senate Communications and Technology Committee, the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, and most recently as Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

Senator Corman, his wife Kelli, their daughter Isabella and sons Davis and Jacob live in Benner Township, Centre County.

Niki Gross
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