State Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo Township will chair the newly created House Ways and Means Committee for the 2019-20 legislative term.
Iden will begin his third term representing the 61st House District, which includes part of Kalamazoo County, when the new Legislature convenes in January.
The Ways and Means Committee, announced by Speaker-elect Lee Chatfield, will be one of four committees that will advance bills to the House floor. Topics could include tax policy, regulatory reform and commerce, among many others.
“I am honored to be appointed to this position and to serve Michigan in this way,” Iden said. “We want to ensure that policies have been fully discussed and debated, and that various perspectives are accounted for.
“The people of Michigan deserve a state House that will deliver on top priorities, and will move Michigan forward into the new decade.”
The House Ways and Means Committee will review legislation after it has been approved by its original committee, encouraging further deliberation before it is considered by all 110 House members.
Iden chaired the House Regulatory Reform Committee during the 2017-18 legislative session. He has served on House committees for Commerce and Trade, Oversight, Communications and Technology, Tax, and Workforce and Talent Development.