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Speight Appointed to Lead Assembly Homeland Security Committee

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin has appointed Assemblywoman Shanique Speight to serve as chair of the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee in the 2022-2023 legislative session.

“I have no doubt that Shanique is the right person to lead the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee,” said Speaker Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “Her wealth of experience and dedication to making New Jersey a safer place for all residents will serve her well in this role.”

Speight, who has a background in law enforcement, will oversee the committee responsible for monitoring the protection of New Jersey residents and overseeing issues affecting counterterrorism, risk assessment, infrastructure protection, emergency communication, border security and cyber security.

“Whether in dealing with the pandemic, climate change, emergent threats of cyber-attacks or domestic terrorism, now, more than ever, we see the value of preparedness and the impact that statewide efforts can have on the lives of New Jersey residents,” said Assemblywoman Speight (D-Essex). “As chair, I look forward to strengthening our resiliency measures and ensuring that the State is ready for whatever challenges we face.”

Speight, who has represented Legislative District 29 since 2018, will also join the Assembly Democrats’ leadership team for the 220th session as Deputy Parliamentarian.