AUGUSTA — Two Waldo County state representatives have been assigned to key legislative policy committees for the upcoming session of the 131st Legislature. Maine Senate assignments were announced Dec. 27.

Rep. S. Paige Zeigler, D-Montville has been named House chair of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. This is Zeigler’s fourth and final term in the Maine House and his third with the Energy Committee. He represents Dist. 40 (Appleton, Islesboro, Liberty, Lincolnville, Montville, Morrill, Searsmont).

Rep. Jan Dodge, D-Belfast, representing Dist. 39 (Belfast, Belmont and Northport), will serve again on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee. This is Dodge’s third term in the Legislature and third year on the Education Committee.

Joining Zeigler on the Energy Committee is Rep. Reagan Paul, R-Winterport, representing Dist. 37 (part of Frankfort, Prospect, Searsport, Stockton Springs and Winterport).

Rep. Benjamin Hymes, R-Waldo, a 20-year U.S. Navy veteran, has been named to the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs. Hymes represents Dist. 38 ( Brooks, Jackson, Knox, Monroe, Swanville, Thorndike, Unity, Waldo and part of Frankfort).

Reps. Katrina Smith, R-Palermo, and Amanda Collamore, R-Pittsfield, have both been assigned to the Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business. Smith represents Dist. 62 (Windsor, China, Hibberts Gore Township, Somerville and Palermo). Collamore, serving her second term in the Legislature, represents Dist. 68 (Clinton, Pittsfield, Burnham and Troy).

As previously announced, Sen. Chip Curry, D-Belfast, is Senate chair of the Innovation Committee. Curry, serving his second term representing Waldo County, also is a member of the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Rep. Scott Cyrway, R-Albion, representing Dist. 63 (Unity Township, part of Winslow, Albion and Freedom) has been assigned to the Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services.

In a Jan. 5 press release from the House Democratic Office, Zeigler and Dodge commented on their committee assignments.

The Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee oversees policy relating to energy resources, efficiency and conservation, natural gas, telecommunications, emergency services and water and sewer utilities.

Zeigler said he was “honored to have been chosen to serve as House chair” of the Energy Committee, of which he has been a member for the last two years.

“A large part of this role is ensuring all voices are heard throughout the committee process and that our work is conducted in a timely and fair manner,” he said in the press release. “I am ready to work with all of my colleagues, regardless of political party, to find solutions to the problems facing our state.”

The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee oversees the state systems of education, along with the university and community college system, the Maine Arts Commission, Maine State Library, Maine State Museum and Maine Public Broadcasting Corp.

“I am so grateful to be serving a third term on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee,” Dodge said of her assignment. “I hope to help improve educational opportunities for Maine K-12 students, as well as those attending our higher education institutions, and support the delivery frameworks that make them happen.

“It is also a joy to consider the cultural entities that come before our committee, which provide artistic and historical offerings that enhance education and help drive our economy.”

Note: An earlier version of this story did not include the committee assignment for Rep. Katrina Smith, R-Palermo.