Apr 16, 2015

Northrup to lead House Education Committee

Rep. David Northrup, R-Powell, officially became the head of the Wyoming Legislature’s House Education Committee on Tuesday.

“I’m looking forward to going to work,” said Northrup, who represents the eastern part of Cody. “We’re going to have a lot of education work.”

Rep. David Northrup
Northrup had been the acting chairman of the committee since mid-February, when Rep. John Patton was hospitalized with a heart attack. The Sheridan Republican, who had just become the chair of the House Education Committee, died earlier this month at the age of 84.

Northrup has served on the education committee since taking office in 2013.

He called education one of his main priorities as a legislator.

“Of course, I have a kindred spirit to ag, so I look at ag issues also, but education is definitely on top of the list,” he said.

Northrup complimented the work of education administrators in Park and Big Horn counties.

“We have good resources and good people to ask questions to,” he said.

Northrup served on the Powell school board for 12 years, including six as the board’s chairman.
Leading up to the Legislature’s 2016 budget session, Northrup said he’ll be working on refinancing education funding, accountability issues and school facilities.

Northrup also becomes chairman of the Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability and joins the Wyoming Education Planning and Coordination Council with the promotion.

The House District 50 representative continues to serve on the Select Committee on School Finance Recalibration (which will meet next month), the House Revenue Committee and the Select Water Committee.


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