Missouri Congressman Sam Graves, speaks during a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Missouri National Guard training site for northwest Missouri, Dec 29, 2016. U.S. Air Force Photo

Sam Graves to Chair the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Mike Schuler
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January 10, 2023

U.S. Representative Sam Graves (R-MO) has been selected to serve as Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the 118th Congress.

Graves has served as the Committee’s Ranking Republican Member for the last four years and voted for Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as House Speaker throughout all 15 ballot rounds. Graves takes over as Chairman from Peter DeFazio (D-OR), who held the role in the 117th Congress.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation, including the nation’s aviation system, highways and bridges, transit and rail transportation, pipelines, and maritime and waterborne transportation, as well as jurisdiction over wastewater infrastructure, the nation’s emergency preparedness and response programs, public buildings and federal real estate management, federal economic development agencies, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

“When I first came to Congress, I fought hard to serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. It’s now one of the greatest honors of my life to be chosen by my colleagues to chair what I believe is one of the most important and effective committees in Congress. America cannot prosper without a safe and efficient transportation network that meets the economic needs of our diverse states and communities,” says Rep. Graves.

“T&I will have a full agenda over the next two years, including oversight of the Administration, its implementation of the massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure law, and its policies that have exacerbated many of the economic crises facing our Nation.

“We also have an important legislative agenda ahead, including looking at packages to help alleviate ongoing energy and supply chain problems.

“One of my highest priorities is a bipartisan, long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration and aviation programs. As a professional pilot, I know firsthand just how important a strong U.S. aviation system is in connecting our large, small, and rural communities to each other and the rest of the world. Aviation is a major sector of our economy, and we must ensure our Nation remains the world’s gold standard in safety and at the forefront of incorporating new technologies into the system.

“I am also looking forward to working across the aisle to develop other key authorizations for our transportation and infrastructure systems, including a pipeline safety bill, a Coast Guard bill, and the next Water Resources Development Act,” adds Rep. Graves.

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