U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis., will serve as chairman of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee for the 113th Congress.
Petri was appointed to lead the subcommittee by Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Penn., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
“Every American is impacted by our transportation system and sees its successes — and shortfalls — each day as they commute to work or school and go about their daily life,” Petri said in a statement. “Consumers and businesses rely on our roads and highways to move goods across the country. Our current system faces many challenges, and I look forward to working with Chairman Shuster and others in finding workable solutions to improving and strengthening our programs.”
Petri said a first-class transportation network is essential to economic growth and global competitiveness for the United States.
Petri is currently the second most senior member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The Subcommittee on Highways and Transit oversees the development of national surface transportation policy, construction and improvement of highway and transit facilities, implementation of safety and research programs, and regulation of commercial motor vehicle operations. It is also responsible for the surface transportation bill, which requires reauthorization during the 113th Congress.