Sen. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, was sworn in as the new senator for the 39th Legislative District. Pearson also accepted three committee assignments, including the chairmanship of the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee.
Pearson was sworn in by Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Charles Johnson as a part of the 2013 legislative session’s opening ceremonies.
“I’m excited to continue serving the people of our legislative district, this time as their senator,” said Pearson, who spent the past 12 years in the House of Representatives. “The 39th district is beautiful, diverse, and filled with hardworking, honest people. It’s an honor to continue serving them in this new capacity.”
As chairman of the natural resources and parks committee Pearson will set the tone on how the Senate addresses issues related to fish and wildlife; parks and recreation; state lands management; forestry, forest health, and fire; and other environment topics.
“As a fourth generation resident of the 39th district, I have a deep appreciation for the incredible scenic beauty that surrounds us,” Pearson said. “I’ve worked on natural resource committees for many years in the House, and am happy that I will have the chance to lead this committee in protecting and investing in our environment.”
Pearson, who has been called a “champion of criminal justice,” also was assigned to the Senate Law and Justice Committee and the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee.
“My appointment to these very important committees will give me the opportunity to help address serious shortcomings in our criminal-justice system,” Pearson said. “My aim is to help make our streets and communities safer, while supporting strong but fair principles in corrections.”
The 2013 legislative session is scheduled to last 105 days.