AUGUSTA — Local state senators were named Tuesday to Legislative committees.

State Sen. Anne “Pinny” Beebe-Center, D-Rockland, was named chair of the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. She was also appointed to serve on the Marine Resources Committee.

Beebe-Center is beginning her first two-year term in the Senate. Beebe-Center had previously served in the Maine House (2015 to 2020), representing Rockland and Owls Head. She did not seek reelection in 2020.

Beebe-Center represents Senate District 12 which includes all of Knox County, except the towns of Washington and Isle au Haut.

Sen. Cameron Reny, D-Round Pond, was appointed chair of the Marine Resources Committee. She was also named to the Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee; and appointed to the Committee on Senatorial Vote.

Reny is beginning her first term in the Legislature. She represents Senate District 13 which encompasses all of Lincoln County, as well as the Knox County town of Washington and the Kennebec town of Windsor.

State Sen. Chip Curry, D-Belfast, was appointed chair of the Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business. He was also appointed to the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; and to the Committee on Engrossed Bills.

He is serving his second term in the Senate. He represents Senate District 11 which encompasses Waldo County.

Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, announced Dec. 27 the Senate committee assignments for the 131st Maine Legislature. There are 17 joint-standing committees, a new Joint Select Committee on Housing, the Government Oversight Committee, and several Senate standing committees.

Lawmakers are assigned to legislative committees by the presiding officers based on their interest, experience, professional background or the region of the make-up of their district, according to a news release from Jackson’s office. Joint Standing Committees consist of 13 members,  three from the Senate and 10 from the House of Representatives.

The House has yet to announce Committee assignments.

The Legislature goes into session next week.