HANNIBAL, Mo. -- U.S. Rep. Sam Graves was elected unanimously by members of the House Republican Conference to lead the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as ranking member.
"I am honored to be chosen by my colleagues to lead this important committee at such a critical time for our nation's infrastructure," Graves said. "Infrastructure seems to be at the forefront of everyone's to-do-list, and I believe my experience as a professional pilot and legislator coupled with my policy depth and conservative values will serve the conference well as we begin discussions on an infrastructure bill."
Graves said addressing the nation's infrastructure has long been a bipartisan issue, and that he was intent on working to craft an infrastructure proposal that includes finding a long-term funding solution for the Highway Trust Fund.
Graves' district includes two major waterways, more than 9,000 miles of highways, 2,500 bridges, 13 general aviation airports, major cross-country freight railways and 853 levee miles. He has served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee throughout his career in Congress, chaired several of the committee's subcommittees, most recently the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, and was the former chairman and ranking member of the Small Business Committee.