Hampton leading disabilities commission on impact of COVID
Updated: Feb 8
State Rep. John Hampton has been chosen as the co-chair of the Commission on Intellectual Disabilities and the Impact of COVID-19. This independent, nonpartisan commission has been established to assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people with disabilities.
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Hampton, a Democrat, has served the 16th House District — which is comprised of the town of Simsbury — since November 2012.
"I am honored to serve as the co-chair of this commission," says Hampton. “The pandemic has had an extraordinarily detrimental impact on people with disabilities. My colleagues and I on the commission will focus on where response has fallen short and will work to improve readiness, inclusiveness and outcomes in providing services to those with intellectual disabilities in the future."
In accordance with the joint rules of the Connecticut State Senate and House of Representatives, leadership from both chambers selected a legislator to serve on the commission.
"During his time in the General Assembly, John has constantly advocated on behalf of people with disabilities," says House Speaker Matthew Ritter (D-Hartford). "He is the perfect legislator for this commission. I am confident that John and the rest of the commission will produce excellent work during the 2021 legislative session."
In addition to reviewing the impact the pandemic has had on people with intellectual disabilities, the commission will work to develop precautionary steps to ensure that these individuals are not disproportionately impacted in the future.
“Rep. Hampton has worked tirelessly to ensure that the rights and concerns of people with disabilities are considered in every piece of legislation," says House Majority Leader Jason Rojas (D-East Hartford, Manchester). "Hampton's work on this commission will help the state understand which pandemic response policies did not work and more effective ways to serve this community during a health crisis.”
Hampton serves on the General Assembly's Commerce Committee and the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. He is also the House assistant majority leader.
Source — House Democrats Press Office