Assemblywoman McKnight appointed chair of Aging and Senior Services Committee

Assemblyman Pedro Mejia has been appointed to the vice-chair of the Regulated Professions Committee

Three Hudson County members of the NJ General Assembly have been appointed to leadership positions on important committees.

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin has selected Assemblywoman Angela McKnight to serve as chair of the Assembly Aging and Senior Services Committee.

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“I am confident that Angela is the right person to lead the Assembly Aging and Senior Services Committee,” said Speaker Coughlin (D-Middlesex) on Jan. 20. “I have every faith in her ability to craft meaningful legislation that will allow New Jerseyans of all ages to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.”

McKnight is the founder and CEO of AngelaCARES, Inc., and the owner of Care About You, LLC, two organizations centered around supporting and caring for senior citizens, and improving the lives of New Jersey’s elderly residents. As chair of this committee, McKnight will oversee the consideration of legislation that works to prevent disease, promote well-being at all stages of life, and help enrich the quality of life for residents.

“It is a true honor to serve as chair of the Assembly Aging and Senior Services Committee, and I thank Speaker Coughlin for trusting me with this important assignment,” said McKnight (D-Hudson). “Much of my personal work focuses on caring for senior citizens, and I am excited to bring that experience to this new role as I work with my colleagues to address the issues impacting New Jersey’s elderly residents.”

McKnight has represented the 31st Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2016. The district encompasses Bayonne and parts of Jersey City.

Assemblyman Pedro Mejia

Mejia is vice-chair of key committee

On Jan. 23, Assemblyman Pedro Mejia (D-Hudson, Bergen) was also appointed to serve as vice-chair of the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee. The committee is responsible for monitoring, updating, and amending laws dealing with licensed professionals, such as architects or electricians.

Assemblyman Mejia owns a residential real estate business and has been a member of the assembly since 2018. Mejia serves the 32nd Legislative District which covers the the Hudson County municipalities of North Bergen, Secaucus, West New York, Guttenberg, Kearny, Harrison, and East Newark, and the Bergen County boroughs of Edgewater and Fairview.

“Having already been a member of the committee, I have made relationships with many advocates to help understand important issues and have dealt with many of the topics we will discuss,” said Mejia.  “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working within the Regulated Professions Committee and am excited to get back to work on improving the lives of members of New Jersey’s workforce.”

Jimenez chairs other committee

Additionally, on Jan. 23, Coughlin named Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-Hudson, Bergen) to chair the Assembly Human Services Committee for the new legislative session. Jimenez will lead the committee responsible for advancing legislation that impacts individuals and families with mental illness, developmental disabilities, coping with addiction, and individuals and families with low incomes.

Assemblywoman Angelica Jiminez

“Angelica has shown to be very passionate and directly involved with human services matters throughout the state,” said Coughlin.  “Having already worked on legislation concerning mental health disparities, I am confident that she will help move legislation that will better the lives of many families in New Jersey.”

Jimenez has been a member of the New Jersey General Assembly since 2012 and is currently the Vice-Chair for the Assembly Housing Committee. She also represents the 32nd Legislative District. Additionally, Jimenez is an MRI, CT, and Mammography Radiographer Specialist, a member of the West New York Housing Corporation Board, and a member of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.

“I am thankful that Speaker Coughlin has named me Chair of the Human Services Committee,” said Jimenez. “Many families in New Jersey face the countless difficulties that surround mental illness, developmental disabilities, and addictions.  My colleagues and I are dedicated to helping those in need and will work to provide families with assistance to directly address their concerns.”

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