LITTLE ROCK — House Speaker Matthew Shepherd has appointed Rep. Charlene Fite of Van Buren to chair the House Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee for the 92st General Assembly.

This is her second term to chair the committee.

The committee reviews matters pertaining to its name, including issues facing the aging population and children in foster care.

“Arkansas’s most vulnerable are impacted by decisions made in this committee,” said Fite. “I’m honored to chair this committee again. I am confident we will advance legislation that makes Arkansas a better place to live.”

Fite is serving her fourth term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. She represents District 80, which includes portions of Crawford and Washington counties.

Fite earned her Master’s in Education at the University of Arkansas. She is also a graduate of Taipei Language Institute. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) a member of the advisory board for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas and a retired Psychology Specialist.

Fite sponsored a bill in 2017 to exempt military retirement pay from state income tax.

She also serves on the Judiciary Committee.

For her work in the legislature, Fite has received recognition from the Arkansas Hearing Association, Arkansas Interpreters for the Deaf, Arkansas Association of the Deaf, Family Council, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, American Conservative Union, and the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence.