Hess Named Transportation Chairman
As the 2013-14 session of the House of Representatives begins, longtime House Transportation Committee member Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon) has been named majority chairman of that committee by House Speaker-Designate Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/ Armstrong).
“I am honored to assume this position in the coming session, and I look forward to working hard to improve our transportation infrastructure in the commonwealth,” said Hess. “We are faced with significant challenges in transportation, not only as a state, but as a nation. These must be faced in a continuing sluggish economic environment, which makes it that much tougher.”
Hess, beginning his 14th term in the House, has served as a member of the committee ever since he was first elected in 1986. He said his vast experience on that committee will serve him well as the session gets under way in January 2013.
“I intend to work closely with the administration, and with members of the House and Senate in both Republican and Democratic caucuses, to get an effective and fiscally responsible plan to tackle the issues we face with transportation in Pennsylvania. We must move forward, and we need to do this now, the time for delay is over. I am bringing an open-minded approach to all facets of our infrastructure. The only way we can be successful is to work together for the benefit of all of our residents. I embrace the challenge,” he said.
Hess assumes the chairmanship following his successful tenure as majority chairman of the House Commerce Committee, which has oversight of banking and economic issues in Pennsylvania.