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House Transportation Committee to Have New Members

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the key legislative panel tasked with writing the next surface transportation reauthorization, will have several new members when the 113th Congress convenes in January, according to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). Not all announcements are official, nor is it uncommon for some last-minute moves leading up to Jan. 3, but the committee membership in the new Congress is starting to take shape.

Seventeen current members of the committee on both sides of the aisle will depart due to retirements, election defeats or new assignments on what they might view as more plum committees. T&I will remain the largest committee in Congress at 59 members – 33 Republicans, 26 Democrats – but the ratio is likely to be adjusted to reflect Democrat gains in the House in the 2012 elections. The committee welcomed 19 GOP freshmen during the 112th Congress; the same number of freshmen could be reached this time around, but with more even distribution across the aisle.

Chairman-Elect Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) will make his selections for each of the six subcommittee chairmanships sometime in the next few weeks. Reps. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and John J. Duncan (R-Tenn.) are term-limited in their current top spots on Aviation, and Highways and Transit, respectively, and Shuster’s elevation to full committee chair leaves his position open on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. Shuster has made it clear that there will be a shakeup, and lobbying from his fellow members is well under way.

The House steering committees for both parties continue to meet during the lame duck session to determine the final rosters for all committees. Though subject to shuffling, the following changes to the T&I Committee are as follows:

GOP members leaving the committee:

  • Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.) – to Appropriations
  • Randy Hultgren (Ill.) – to Financial Services
  • Billy Long (Mo.) – to Energy & Commerce
  • James Lankford (Okla.) – to Leadership
  • Chuck Fleischmann (Tenn.) – to Appropriations

GOP members joining the committee:

  • Daniel Webster (Fla.) – not a freshman
  • Thomas Massie (Ky.)
  • Trey Radel (Fla.)
  • Steve Daines (Mont.)
  • Scott Perry (Pa.)
  • Rodney Davis (Ill.)
  • Markwayne Mullin (Okla.)
  • Mark Meadows (N.C.)
  • Tom Rice (S.C.)
  • Roger Williams (Texas)

Others Republicans departing due to elections/retirements:

  • Tim Johnson (Ill.)
  • Jean Schmidt (Ohio)
  • Frank Guinta (N.H.)
  • Chip Cravaack (Minn.)
  • Jeff Landry (La.)

Democrats departing due to elections/retirements:

  • Jerry Costello (Ill.)
  • Bob Filner (Calif.)
  • Leonard Boswell (Iowa)
  • Tim Holden (Pa.)
  • Russ Carnahan (Mo.)
  • Jason Altmire (Pa.)
  • Heath Shuler (N.C.)
  • Laura Richardson (Calif.)

NSSGA will continue to update members throughout the process.