Briggs to chair House caucuses

Harrisburg, Feb.  11 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, announced that in addition to his appointments to five prominent House standing committees (Appropriations, Judiciary, Environmental Resources and Energy, Professional Licensure and Transportation) he will serve as the House Democratic chairman of three important caucuses in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Briggs will serve as the chairman of the Arts and Culture Caucus, working in conjunction with Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York; Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh; and Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny. He will also serve as chairman for the Bio Technology/Life Sciences Caucus with Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks, and the Brain Injury Caucus with Rep. Tina Picket, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna.

"Caucuses are an important bipartisan part of our legislative tradition," Briggs said. "It allows elected officials to focus on topics of concern to them and their constituents, and look for solutions outside the normal process of Harrisburg."

The Art and Culture Caucus is dedicated to supporting arts and culture in Pennsylvania through research, education and policy development. The Biotechnology/Life Sciences Caucus has the mission of advancing biotechnology in Pennsylvania, both through academic and industrial support.

The Brain Injury Caucus works to help improve the lives of those who have acquired traumatic brain injuries. Along with being a vocal supporter of programs to assist those with brain injuries, Briggs is the author of The Safety in Youth Sports Act, a law that increases educational awareness for parents, coaches and student athletes about the dangers of concussions, and requires athletes suspected of obtaining a concussion to be medically cleared before returning to play.

“I realize the challenges these individuals face and am very proud what we’ve been able to accomplish to support them, and we will continue the progress we’ve made in the Brain Injury Caucus," Briggs said. “Additionally, I have always been a proud supporter of the arts in Philadelphia, Montgomery County and across the state, particularly in support of our many great institutions, as well as our public schools, through events like my Student Art Series in my District Office and through my support in the House. I look forward to continuing that.

"The biotech industry is also really exciting, and it’s an area that is producing tremendous breakthroughs in science and medicine, as well as having a huge economic impact on our region and state. I am eager to work with the Biotechnology/Life Sciences Caucus to ensure the advances happening in our state benefit the prosperity and well-being of all Pennsylvanians."

Briggs' leadership role on these caucuses allow him to be involved at a higher level of policy development regarding issues that have been priorities of his while in the legislature.