Minnesota’s 8th District Congressman-elect Rick Nolan, D-Minn., has been appointed to serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Nolan, who made growing the economy through major reinvestments in transportation and infrastructure a focal point of his campaign, and requested the assignment during earlier meetings with House leadership, received the word from Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic Caucus.
“This is a major committee assignment — vital to generating good jobs and economic development here in the 8th Congressional District,” Nolan said. “Building a strong surface and water transportation system creates good-paying jobs, improves the quality of our lives, and is the economic backbone of a large district like the 8th. Timber, taconite, tourism and manufacturing spread over a large geographic area all require strong transportation to be successful. The 8th District is poised for great economic success going forward if we act now to lay the foundation.
“This committee assignment means we can move forward on day one with efforts to secure federal support for the Northern Lights Express high speed rail project, fund Essential Air Service for our regional airports, repair and rebuild our network of Northern Minnesota roads and bridges, build capacity and traffic through the Port of Duluth, modernize the electrical grid system and make high speed broadband communications available to everyone, regardless of location.”
Further committee assignments will be announced at a later date. Nolan officially takes office on Jan. 3.