State Sen. Clark Chapin, R-30, of New Milford, was recently sworn into office during the opening day of the 2013 state Legislature in Hartford.

Sen. Chapin begins his term serving as state senator for the communities of New Milford, Kent, Warren, Brookfield, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Litchfield, Morris, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington and Winchester.

"I am honored to have been given the opportunity to continue to serve the people of northwest Connecticut," said Sen. Chapin.

"After serving for six terms as state representative, I am looking forward to continuing the important work that remains to be done," the New Milford native said, "such as fixing the projected $1 billion budget deficit and making energy more affordable and more reliable for families throughout our state."

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-28, recently appointed Sen. Chapin to serve as ranking member on both the General Assembly's Energy and Technology Committee and Environment Committee.

He will also serve as a member on the Appropriations Committee and Regulation Review Committee.

Sen. Chapin was also appointed deputy minority leader of the Senate Republican caucus.

"During his tenure in the state House of Representatives, Sen. Chapin has demonstrated strong leadership on a number of important issues, from improving environmental quality to supporting small businesses," Sen. McKinney said.

"I am honored to appoint Sen. Chapin as deputy minority leader," he added, "because his longtime service as state representative will provide an invaluable perspective to the Senate Republican caucus and all of his assignments in the State Senate," he said.

Prior to his election to the state House in November 2000, Sen. Chapin served on the New Milford Town Council for three terms.

His lengthy public service record includes chairman of the New Milford Fire Alarm Appeal Board, member on the Local Emergency Planning Committee and alternate to the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority.

In addition, he has served as vice chairman of the Municipal Pool Committee, a member of the long-range capital planning committee for unimproved roads, chairman of the New Milford Traffic Authority and a member of the Water Pollution Control Authority.

For more information, contact Sen. Chapin by email at or by phone at 800-842-1421.