BOSTON–State Representative Steven Ultrino (D-Malden) was appointed to four committees today when the House of Representatives formed its committees for the 2015-2016 legislative session.

Representative Ultrino was appointed to the Joint Committee on Public Health, the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, the Joint Committee on Health Care Finance, and the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development. “I am honored to serve the people of Malden on these committees,” said Representative Ultrino. “The legislation these committees consider is high-profile and high-impact, and I look forward to representing Malden’s interests in these important discussions.” Most of the legislature’s committees are joint committees with members appointed from both the House and the Senate.

All legislation is referred to a committee and requires a favorable committee recommendation in order to go to the House floor and, eventually, passage. “The rising cost of health care is our largest budget driver, and it is a top priority this legislative session,” said Representative Ultrino.“ I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Joint Committee on Health Care Finance to contain these rising costs while ensuring access to high - quality and affordable health care.” Representative Ultrino said he was pleased with the committee assignments, including his appointment to the Elder Affairs Committee.

“Too often our seniors are making choices between paying their rent and buying food. I am glad to be a part of the Elder Affairs Committee so I can give a voice to Malden’s seniors and the struggles they face.” Representative Ultrino highlighted the importance of a dynamic and forward - thinking approach to public health policy.

“Whether it’s responding to the opiate crisis or ensuring we are investing in preventative care, the Joint Committee on Public Health’s work will have a profound impact on the well-being of people throughout the Commonwealth,” said Representative Ultrino.

Steven Ultrino was sworn in to his first term as State Representative on January 7th, 2015. He represents the 33rd Middlesex District, which is composed of the City of Malden. Ultrino is also a member of the Malden City Council.