Briggs appointed Democratic chairman of the House Health Committee

State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, was appointed as Democratic Chairman of the House Health Committee on Monday.

“From health insurance to the opioid crisis, health care matters are some of the most challenging and important issues we face today,” said Briggs. “I’m honored to be named to lead this committee, and I look forward to working to better ensure a healthy future for all Pennsylvanians.”

Briggs noted that the committee considers a variety of health-related matters, such as women’s access to reproductive health care, regulations related to opioid prescribing guidelines, public health emergencies, cancer screening programs and more.

“I’m committed to making sure everyone in Pennsylvania has access to quality health care, and as chairman, I’ll work to advance legislation that promotes public health and wellness,” said Briggs.

“Tim is a fantastic lawmaker because he studies the issues closely, listens to competing views and keeps an open mind,” said Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. “He’s the kind of person the House of Representatives needs to guide our committee work in a productive direction instead of partisan bickering.”

Briggs was first elected to represent the 149th Legislative District in 2008. He also serves on the House Appropriations, Judiciary, Transportation, Professional Licensure and Tourism and Recreational Development Committees.