Speaker Howell to appoint Delegate Tom Rust as Transportation Committee Chairman

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RICHMOND, VA – Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates William J. Howell (R-Stafford) announced Monday that he would appoint Delegate Tom Rust (R-Herndon) as Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation. Rust is the senior-most member of the Transportation Committee.

“For more than 10 years, Tom has been a leader on transportation and economic development issues here in the Commonwealth. His experience and expertise on these issues make him uniquely qualified to serve as the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation. I look forward to formally appointing Tom as Chairman when the 2014 session of the General Assembly convenes,” said Speaker Howell.

“Tom has been a tireless advocate for transportation solutions since he was first elected to the General Assembly. As Chairman of this important committee, Tom will continue to be a leader on Virginia’s efforts to find 21st century solutions to our transportation challenges.

“This year’s landmark transportation reform package, which Tom proudly supported, will generate over $6 billion in new revenue for transportation projects. Tom will be a key leader in the General Assembly’s efforts to ensure that money is spent wisely and in a way that reduces congestion, increases safety and promotes economic development,” Howell added.

As Speaker of the House of Delegates, Howell is responsible for appointing members to the various legislative committees. Howell says additional announcements will be made closer to the 2014 session.

“While I normally wait until closer to session to announce committee assignments, Tom’s record of service and understanding of this issue make him uniquely qualified to serve as Chairman and I did not want to delay his important work on this issue any longer than was necessary,” said Speaker Howell. “I look forward to working with Tom in the future.”

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