RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – State Rep. John Frey was sworn in to represent Ridgefield for a 10th term in the Connecticut House of Representatives and will have a new role within the Republican party.
Frey, who represents the 111th District, is the longest-ever serving state legislator from Ridgefield. House Minority Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) appointed Frey as Senior Republican Whip. He is also a Ranking Member on the Transportation Bonding Sub-Committee, and serves on the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding; Banking; and Legislative Management committees.
“John Frey is a crucial part of our caucus,” Klarides said. “There are more House Republicans now than there have been in 30 years. We have several new members who will benefit greatly from John’s extensive experience in government and knowledgeable background of the legislative process from his many years of public service.”
“Connecticut has lagged behind New England and the rest of the county in its economic recovery from the recession,” Frey said. “Families in Connecticut are hurting from the mass exodus of business and capital from the state. I cannot wait to work with all of these fantastic new members, Leader Klarides, and House Democrats to get the job done to make Connecticut financially sound.”
Frey also maintained his position as Ranking Member on the Transportation Bonding Sub-Committee Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee. The Transportation Bonding subcommittee oversees bonding issues related to funding transportation infrastructure projects.
“Making badly needed improvement to the state’s infrastructure is made much more complicated by the ongoing state of fiscal crisis we find ourselves in this session, especially when there is no assurance that this money will not be diverted,” Frey stated. “We cannot allow these critical transportation funds to be raided by the governor and his party for other pet projects. Having a seat at the table where transportation dollars are allocated is important – especially to those of us in Fairfield County.”
Frey is also looking forward to his work on the Banking Committee, which has authority over all matters relating to the Department of Banking, and banks, savings banks, bank and trust companies, savings and loan associations, credit unions, the supervision of the sale of securities, fraternal benefit societies and secured and unsecured lending.
Frey will also join the Committee on Legislative Management, which conducts the business affairs of the General Assembly.
“This will be an interesting session,” Frey concluded. “We have to pull Connecticut back from the brink of financial ruin and restore the confidence of families and businesses. It is going to take both parties working together to provide accountability, predictability, and transparency.
Frey will serve in a House of Representatives with greater partisan parity, with 72 Republicans and 79 Democrats following the 2016 election.