House Health & Human Development Committee Vice-Chair Rep. Debra Heffernan will serve as committee chair for the remainder of the 148th General Assembly.

House Health & Human Development Committee Vice-Chair Rep. Debra Heffernan will serve as committee chair for the remainder of the 148th General Assembly.

She was preceded by Rep. Michael Barbieri, who resigned.

House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf announced the new chairmanship Oct. 21, along with announcing committee assignments for Rep. David Bentz, who won a special election in September for Barbieri’s 18th District seat.

With Heffernan becoming Health Committee chair, Bentz will serve as vice-chair on the panel. While serving as his legislative aide for three years, Bentz staffed Barbieri on the Health Committee. Bentz also will serve on the Education, Energy, Labor and Natural Resources Committees.

The House will reconvene for session on Jan. 12.