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Nolan assigned to subcommittees

Posted: January 24, 2013 - 10:32pm

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan has received the subcommittee assignments he requested for Minnesota’s 8th District on both the House Transportation and Infrastructure and House Agriculture Committees.

The full committees officially approved Nolan’s assignments as they met this week to organize for the 113th Congress.

Nolan’s seniority from three previous terms in Congress allowed him to request and receive five rather than the customary four total subcommittees. On Transportation and Infrastructure, those include:

• Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

• Subcommittee on Aviation.

• Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management

• Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment.

On the Agriculture Committee, where Nolan will join fellow Minnesotans Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., the body’s ranking Democratic member, and Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., he will serve on the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry. Walz is the ranking Democratic member on that subcommittee.

“Surface and water transportation are critically important arteries that support our taconite-timber-tourism-based economy here in the Eighth District. These five subcommittees are absolutely vital to our efforts to generate good paying middle class jobs that enhance economic development and the quality of our lives in northern Minnesota,” Nolan said.

“Moreover, the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry will be making important decisions that affect the economic and ecological vitality of our northern Minnesota forests and farmlands, and our ability to produce the energy we need to drive industry and generate jobs, for years to come.”