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O'Neal assigned to environmental, gaming and veterans committees in state House

| Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 12:36 p.m.
State. Rep. Tim O'Neal, R-South Strabane, took the oath of office June 5, 2018. His wife, Julia, held the Bible.
State. Rep. Tim O'Neal, R-South Strabane, took the oath of office June 5, 2018. His wife, Julia, held the Bible.

Washington County's newly inaugurated state Rep. Tim O'Neal has been named to three House committees.

O'Neal, R-South Strabane, was assigned to the Environmental Resources and Energy, Gaming Oversight and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees, according to a news release issued Monday.

O'Neal said in the release that his Army experience will aid his work on the Veterans Affairs committee. He said he will advocate for Meadows Racetrack and Casino on the Gaming Oversight Committee, and will work to grow the Marcellus shale industry while protecting the environment on the environmental committee.

He defeated Democrat Clark Mitchell Jr., a South Strabane attorney, in a May 15 special election to replace former Democratic state Rep. Brandon Neuman, who left office after being elected as a Washington County judge. O'Neal was sworn in June 5.

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