Bryant Named Minority Spokesperson for House Judiciary Criminal Committee

Springfield….State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) has been named the minority spokesperson for the Illinois House Committee on Judiciary – Criminal Law. The fourth-term Republican State Representative says she is honored to serve as the ranking minority member of the Committee.

“Thank you first of all to Leader Jim Durkin for the opportunity to serve as the Minority Spokesperson on this critical House Committee,” Bryant said. “The Judiciary Criminal Law Committee considers legislation that reviews and amends laws regarding gun control, criminal sentencing, and criminal justice reform. The Committee also regularly interacts with staff and administration from the State’s many correctional centers.”   Bryant has served on the Judiciary Criminal Law Committee twice before, in the 99th and 100th General Assemblies. Bryant says she gained valuable experience as an administrator for the Illinois Department of Corrections prior to her election in 2014.

“I spent 20 years, my whole career, in the Department of Corrections where my job required me to regularly interact with and implement policies handed down from Springfield,” Bryant said. “I have the unique opportunity to stand up for what is best for public safety, what is best for our Correctional officers, and what is best for those who are incarcerated as the Minority Spokesperson on the Jud-Crim Committee.”

Bryant has also been named as a regular standing member of the following Committees: Appropriations-Higher Education, Health Care Licenses, Higher Education, Human Services and Insurance. She issued the following statement in regard to her Committee assignments.

“My Committee assignments for this General Assembly couldn’t be better,” Bryant said.

“I really want to thank Leader Durkin for recognizing that my participation in these Committees will help me to be the best representative for local interests and concerns that I could possibly be. I will have the opportunity to fight for SIU Carbondale and our many Community Colleges as a member of the Higher Education and Higher Education Appropriations Committees.

I will be working to help nurses and doctors by reducing the time it takes for qualified people to get their licenses as a member of the Healthcare License Committee.

And, I will be proud as a member of the Human Services Committee to stand up for those that are on government assistance and those that provide critical mental and health care services to all Illinoisans. Access to mental and physical health care is a critical issue in Southern Illinois, especially.”

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