Chairing Senate Transportation: It's How We Get Around

The 2013 legislative session begins on January 9, and I was pleased to be named Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee for the upcoming session. Maintaining safe and functional infrastructure is certainly one of the most important things we do as a state, and I fully appreciate how much we depend on our transportation system for everyday life.

CDOT vehicle in snow

Transportation is an economic issue, as we depend on our system to get to work or school, to move goods, and to make sure employees and customers can reach places of business. It's an environmental issue, since we must make wise decisions about topics such as modes of transportation and how to minimize congestion. It's a safety issue, since we must make sure our roads and bridges are well-maintained, free of snow and ice, and we must manage the potential for natural hazards such as avalanches or rockslides. It's also a quality of life issue, as we need a well-managed system to efficiently access recreational areas, entertainment venues, and the homes of friends and relatives.

I'm looking forward to working on what we can accomplish this year in Transportation, and I hope you will share your ideas and concerns as the session progresses. In 2013, I will also serve for my fifth session on the Senate Education Committee, and as a member of the Senate Appropriations and the Senate Business, Labor and Technology committees. 

Our other Senate committee chairs for 2013 are:

* Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy: Sen. Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass)

* Appropriations: Sen. Mary Hodge (D-Brighton)

* Business, Labor and Technology: Sen. Lois Tochtrop (D-Thornton)

* Education: Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Westminster)

* Finance: Sen. Michael Johnston (D-Denver)

* Health and Human Services: Sen. Irene Aguilar (D-Denver)

* Judiciary: Sen. Lucia Guzman (D-Denver)

* Local Government: Sen. Jeanne Nicholson (D-Gilpin County)

* State, Veterans, and Military Affairs: Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo)

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