Missouri Republican Rep. Sam Graves will serve as the leading Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee when the new Congress is empaneled in January.
Graves was tapped to be the Ranking Member of the T&I Committee by his fellow Republicans on Friday. He has served on the committee throughout his entire 18 years in Congress, including as chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. He replaces retiring Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa.
“Infrastructure seems to be at the forefront of everyone’s to-do-list and I believe my experience as a professional pilot and legislator coupled with my policy depth and conservative values will serve the conference well as we begin discussions on an infrastructure bill,” Graves said in a statement on Friday. “Addressing our crumbling infrastructure has long been a bipartisan issue, and I am intent on working with all my colleagues, the Senate, and President Trump to craft an infrastructure proposal that includes finding a long-term funding solution for the Highway Trust Fund.”
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which is headquartered in Graves’ Congressional district in Missouri, applauded his appointment.
“We think that Congressman Graves will continue to be a supporter of small-business truckers, and we look forward to working with him and his staff to pursue policies that are fair and equitable for our members,” said Mike Matousek, OOIDA’s manager of government affairs. “We’re also hopeful that he will continue to work with all of his colleagues on the committee to “carefully review any trucking-related policy that might be considered.
“The previous Republican leader of the transportation committee was anything but a supporter of small-business truckers, and hopefully those days are over,” Matousek added.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, is expected to serve as the new chairman of the House T&I Committee.
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