Senator Gary Dahms (R – Redwood Falls) will assume the chairmanship of the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee when the legislature reconvenes in January. The Senate Republican Caucus announced the decision during a Tuesday morning press conference unveiling their committee structure and rosters.
“I am honored to serve as chair of the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee,” said Senator Dahms. “The committee has jurisdiction over banking, insurance, securities, and liquor issues. I am privileged to have my colleagues appoint me to this role.”
When the legislature reconvenes on January 3, Republicans will control both the House and the Senate for the first time since 2012. After winning 34 of 67 Senate seats this year, Republicans will have their first four-year majority since the Senate switched to party designations in the early 1970’s.
Senator Dahms was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and has served on the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee for the past six years. He previously served as ranking member on the Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee from 2013-2016, and vice-chair of the Agriculture and Rural Economies Committee from 2011-2012.