ST. CLOUD -- St. Cloud State Representative Steve Gottwalt has been given the chairmanship of one of the House committees.

He'll be heading-up the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee. Healthcare reform has been a top priority for Gottwalt over the past few legislative sessions.

Gottwalt says he wants to hit the ground running when the legislative session begins in January. He also calls being named a chairman an "exciting and sobering responsibility".

Meanwhile, State Senator Michelle Fischbach of Paynesville has been named the chair of the Senate Higher Education Budget and Policy Committee.