The senior committee assignment came after Keating was elected to the position by his colleagues on the committee Jan. 30.
Keating said he will continue his work in support of critical transatlantic ties. He also will focus on greening our energy system and protecting our environment.
State Rep. Will Crocker (R-Centerville), meanwhile, has been given three key committee assignments for the 191st Legislative Session from leadership.
Crocker will be serving on the Labor and Workforce Development and Housing Committees. He also will serve as the Ranking Minority Member on the Mental Health, Substance Use, and Recovery Committee.
Crocker said each of his committee assignments represents an integral issue to the Cape -- homelessness, affordable housing, lack of career-oriented employment opportunities, and the opioid epidemic. He pledged to continue advocating for treatment and prevention programs for those afflicted with opiate addiction.
“Rep. Crocker has a long record of public service that dates back more than two decades,” said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading). “I am confident he will hit the ground running with his new committee assignments and will be a strong advocate for the residents of the Second Barnstable District.”
Jones also appointed State Rep. Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster) to continue serving on the House Committee on Ways & Means, the Joint Committee on Public Service, and the Joint Committee on Higher Education.
In addition to serving his second term as the Cape & Islands delegation’s representative to House Ways & Means, Whelan will serve again as the Ranking Republican on the Joint Committee on Public Service.
“Massachusetts certainly leads the way in so many areas, including the value of our talented public workforce and our outstanding public community colleges and universities,” Whelan said in a Feb. 1 statement. “I am heartened to continue the work on these committees again in this upcoming legislative session.”
Whelan is serving in his third term representing the 1st Barnstable District, including precincts in the towns of Barnstable, Brewster, Dennis, and Yarmouth. He entered the legislature after serving 26 years in law enforcement with the Massachusetts State Police and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department.