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Meet the New Congressional Transportation Committee Members
The 114th Congress means the addition of new faces to the House Transportation & Infrastructure and Senate Environment & Public Works Committees. Below is a brief bio on each new committee member.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left”] [shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”5471715″]
This former state coastal affairs agency director also advised two Louisiana senators and a congressman on transportation, environmental and maritime affairs. His congressional district straddles the Mississippi River and includes Baton Rouge.
“The federal Highway Trust Fund is insolvent. We’re going to have to look at new funding mechanisms and new approaches, focusing on top priorities. And we need to make sure Louisiana gets its fair share of funds.”
Comstock, elected in November, is a former Capitol Hill staffer and attorney. Most recently, she served in the Virginia House of Delegates and on the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. The 10th District spans much of the traffic clogged suburbs of northern Virginia, stretching from Mclean to the West Virginia border.
“I am ready to get to work and improve the lives of my constituents and these important committee assignments will enable me to do just that. I look forward to working with Chairman Shuster and the full committee to address the unique transportation issues facing the district and our country.”
Curbelo is a freshman member and represents the southernmost tip of the state, including parts of Miami and the Florida Keys. He is founder of a successful public and media affairs firm and is former advisor to Florida State Senator LeMieux. In 2010, he was appointed to the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization, a federally mandated board tasked with prioritizing local transportation and infrastructure projects.
“Our airports and seaports drive South Florida’s economy and are of major significance to the country. These important subcommittee assignments will afford me the opportunity to work in a bipartisan manner to increase our area’s economic potential by expanding our transportation and infrastructure capacity. This will mean more opportunities and a higher quality of life for Florida families.”
Rouzer, a graduate of North Carolina State University, has been involved in public policy development and implementation and legislative strategy for more than a decade. He was legislative aide and senior policy advisor for two North Carolina Senators and associate administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The southeastern North Carolina district includes Wilmington and suburbs of Raleigh.
“Our coastal communities are vital to our state’s economy and a treasure for all North Carolinians. In Congress, I will be a tireless advocate for those issues critical to our coastal communities. I will work to find long term funding solutions for the dredging of our waterways and inlets as well as beach nourishment and re-nourishment.”
Zeldin is an attorney, a U.S. Army veteran and a major in the Army Reserves who served in the New York State Senate. The freshman congressman from the Suffolk County area of New York represents the 1st Congressional District which includes eastern Long Island, Port Jefferson and the Hamptons.
“Serving on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will put me in a very strong position to advocate for my constituents on Long Island. This committee has jurisdiction over many federal agencies that are important to the issues we face here on Long Island, including the Army Corps of Engineers, which will help us advocate for our shoreline and Sandy recovery and the FAA, which will help us deal with the helicopter noise challenges and the air traffic controller consolidation.”
Elected last November, Hardy is a small business owner and general contractor from South West Nevada. He also served as the Mesquite Public Works director, and as a member of the Virgin Valley Water District, the Mesquite City Council, and was elected to two terms in the Nevada State Assembly.
“We need to shelve projects that are no longer feasible or cost effective but we must continue on with long-term projects that take years or decades of planning and development.”
Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.)
The freshman congressman is a practicing land use, real estate attorney and former chairman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners. The Pottstown, Pa., native will represent communities north and west of Philadelphia.
“I’m looking forward to serving on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee… I will focus on working with my colleagues on upgrading the state’s roads, bridges and rail service.”
Walters is a freshman who served 10 years in the California state legislature and as mayor of Laguna Niguel. The former investment banker is a University of California at Los Angeles graduate and will represent the 45th district, which includes Orange County.
“I am honored for the opportunity to serve on five subcommittees in the 114th Congress that will be at the forefront of some of the most pressing issues facing the people of California’s 45th District. These subcommittees will be responsible for issues that directly impact Orange County and the state of California, whether it be our critical transportation and infrastructure needs or intellectual property rights. I am humbled for this opportunity to serve as a voice for my constituents on these vital issues, and I am eager to roll up my sleeves and get to work.”
Brownley was elected to the California State Legislature in 2006 and then to Congress in 2013. Her district spans the southern California coast, including Port of Hueneme, Ventura Harbor and parts of Los Angeles County. Prior to her public office appointments, she worked in marketing and sales.
“As a California central coast community, Ventura County has unique transportation needs that not only impact our quality of life, but are vital to the region’s economic vitality. That’s why I fought so hard to be able to bring this unique perspective to the highly sought after Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.”
Woodall first came to public service as a staffer for former Georgia Congressman John Linder (R), serving as his chief of staff. He was elected to Congress in 2010 and represents the 7th Congressional District located just northeast of Atlanta. His district contains portions of Gwinnett and Forsyth Counties and includes some of the fastest growing areas in the nation.
“We will have an incredible opportunity in the 114th Congress to make real progress on our nation’s big issues and I’m thrilled to partner with Chairman Shuster and the members of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee to enact common-sense, conservative solutions for these needs.”
Prior to being elected to Congress in 2011, Rokita was Indiana’s Secretary of State from 2002 to 2010. His district, Indiana’s 4th, contains five of the state’s 14 highway systems, the sixth largest air cargo transport hub in the nation, and one of the leading rail yards in the Midwest, making it a hub for global supply chain management.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues to bring common sense and fiscally responsible methods for funding our nation’s transportation and infrastructure projects the right way. In Indiana, the Crossroads of America, we have practiced these approaches—and they work.”
Katko is a career federal prosecutor who spent 15 years trying organized crime cases in Syracuse for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of New York. He was elected to Congress this past November. The 24th Congressional district lies along the edge of Lake Ontario.
“Over the course of the next two years, there are a number of issues that will come before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure that will have a major and lasting impact on Central New York. I’m honored to provide a strong voice for Central New York on my subcommittees and to work towards making our transportation systems stronger.”
Huffman, elected to Congress in 2012, represents California’s 2nd District which spans from north of the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border. Previously, Huffman was an attorney and served six years in the California State Assembly.
“I am grateful to be named to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and thank House Leadership for placing this trust in me… Joining the committee will better allow me to work on issues critical to our district, from ensuring small harbors and waterways receive their dredging needs, to fighting for increased funding for public transportation, smart flood management programs, and Army Corps projects.”
Babin is a freshman congressman from East Texas. He is a dentist and former member of the United States Air Force, U.S. Army Reserve and Texas National Guard. Babin also served on the Lower Neches Valley Authority, appointed by then-Gov. Bush and reappointed by Gov. Perry.
“I am excited to have been provided this critical platform to best serve the economic needs of our district. As a member of the subcommittee with direct jurisdiction over our waterways, I will be a leading voice for our four local ports and the dredging of the Sabine-Neches Waterway.”
Rounds served as governor of South Dakota from 2003–2010. From 1991 to 2000, he was elected five times to the South Dakota State Senate, where he served as Senate Majority Leader. Outside of his political career, Rounds owns a statewide insurance and real estate business.
“It’s an incredible privilege to continue serving the people of South Dakota… Now that the pomp
and circumstance is over, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.”
Prior to his election, Sullivan served as Alaska’s Attorney General and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner. He has a record of military and national security service. He is a current Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer of 6th ANGLICO in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. From 2006 to January 2009, Sullivan served in the Bush Administration as the U.S. assistant secretary of state for economic, energy, and business.
“Alaska is a young state that needs infrastructure spending. We need to keep supporting Alaskan development on the federal level. We also need to empower Alaskans to develop our own infrastructure and create good jobs here in Alaska. We should cut red tape and reform the federal permitting process.”
Capito won the Senate seat vacated by long-time incumbent Jay Rockefeller. Before becoming the first female U.S. Senator in West Virginia’s history, she served 14 years as the representative for the state’s 2nd Congressional District. She was a long-time member of the House T&I Committee. Earlier in her career, she spent four years as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates.
“Investing in our roads and bridges creates not only construction jobs, but also grows the economy by ensuring reliable interstate commerce and travel.”
Markey was elected to serve out the balance of Secretary of State John Kerry’s term in a 2013 special election and was re-elected to a full six-year term in 2014. Prior to joining the Senate, Markey was known as the “dean” of the Massachusetts congressional delegation, serving 37 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Previously, Markey served in the U.S. Army Reserve and spent two terms in the Massachusetts State House.
“When we rebuild critical infrastructure we create jobs and strengthen our local communities.”
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