Rep. Chris Welch speaks during the lame duck session (Justin Fowler/State Journal-Register)

Making one of his first major decisions since being voted into leadership, House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) named the chairs of 43 committees Thursday while creating a few new ones aimed at reflecting his priorities.

In an interview with The Daily Line, Welch said the committee assignments highlighted the “talented bench” of the House Democratic Caucus.

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