Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates William J. Howell (R-Stafford) announced this week that he would appoint Delegate Tom Rust (R-Herndon) as Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation.
Del. Rust represents the 86th District in the Virginia General Assembly, which covers Herndon, Dulles, and part of Chantilly. He was elected to the House of Delegates in 2002 and is running for re-election next month. Del. Rust is the longest-serving transportation committee member.
“For more than 10 years, Tom has been a leader on transportation and economic development issues here in the Commonwealth. His experience and expertise on these issues make him uniquely qualified to serve as the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation. I look forward to formally appointing Tom as Chairman when the 2014 session of the General Assembly convenes,” said Speaker Howell in a statement. “Tom has been a tireless advocate for transportation solutions since he was first elected to the General Assembly. As Chairman of this important committee, Tom will continue to be a leader on Virginia’s efforts to find 21st century solutions to our transportation challenges."
As Speaker of the House of Delegates, Howell is responsible for appointing members to the various legislative committees. Additional announcements will be made closer to the 2014 legislative session.
“While I normally wait until closer to session to announce committee assignments, Tom’s record of service and understanding of this issue make him uniquely qualified to serve as Chairman and I did not want to delay his important work on this issue any longer than was necessary,” Speaker Howell said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Tom in the future.”