Rep. Johnson secures seat on powerful House Transportation Committee
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has informed him that he will have a coveted seat on the powerful House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I).
Already a member of the House leadership team as Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law (RRCAL), which exercises jurisdiction over antitrust laws and competition, Congressman Johnson’s new seat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will equip him to even more effectively serve the needs of the Fourth Congressional District, the State of Georgia, local governments, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and MARTA.
Since January 2009, Johnson has helped bring more than $1 billion in infrastructure investment to Georgia via President Obama’s Recovery Act and transportation budgets. Those funds include more than $168 million for mass transit, of which more than $70 million has gone to support MARTA.
Johnson said part of his focus will also be to upgrade transportation along the I-20 East corridor through the heart of the Fourth District.
“This means jobs. This means serious federal investment in our transportation infrastructure, in roads, bridges, and rail,” said Rep. Johnson. “Metro Atlanta and south DeKalb in particular needs a seat at this table. Now we have one.”
In commenting on the appointment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said: “Congressman Johnson brings to this Committee the knowledge and bold leadership we need to strengthen our economy, improve our infrastructure, and make our transportation system more efficient. With many of his constituents working at world’s busiest airport, Congressman Johnson knows that the transportation sector is critical to creating good-paying jobs and will be a strong champion for job creation for all Americans, not just the privileged few.”
Congressman Johnson is now the only Democrat from Georgia on the committee.
Congressman Johnson will remain on Judiciary but lose his House Armed Services seat for now. The door remains open that he could reclaim his HASC seat if he is granted a waiver. He will continue serving as Ranking Member of RRCAL.