AUGUSTA – Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) has announced that Senator Scott Cyrway (R-Kennebec) will serve as chair of the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs (VLA) Committee.

Senator Cyrway, who is a veteran of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department and longtime leader of the DARE program is serving his first term in the Maine Legislature.

“The work of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee has an impact on all Mainers, and I intend to hit the ground running, “Senator Cyrway said. “This committee handles gaming regulations, liquor licenses, and campaign finance laws among other issues, so it is always in the spotlight at the State House. I am honored to have been chosen to chair this committee and I look forward to working with my Democrat and Republican colleagues.”

“I understand that there are great challenges for us in the months ahead. But I’m reminded of an Albert Einstein quote. ‘In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.’”

Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin), who served on the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee during the 126th Legislature said, “Scott Cyrway is an excellent choice for this committee because as a law enforcement official, he has firsthand knowledge of many of the issues that VLA will be dealing with. I believe Scott will approach his committee work with the same intensity, fairness, and competence he exhibited as a sheriff’s deputy.

In addition to the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Senator Cyrway will also serve on the Legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.

Senator Scott Cyrway represents Maine Senate District 16 which includes communities in Kennebec County and the Town of Fairfield in Somerset County.