Republicans Will Lead House Transportation Committee
The House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and
Infrastructure will look very different when the 112th Congress
convenes in January with 18 Democrat committee members having lost
in the midterm elections to Republican challengers. In the Senate,
all of the Senators serving on the Senate Commerce, Science and
Transportation Committee either won re-election or were not up for
re-election this year.
Committee Chair James Oberstar (D-MN), who had served in
Congress since 1974, lost a close race to former Northwest Airlines
pilot Chip Cravaack (R-MN). Congressman Oberstar would have lost
his chairmanship even had he won re-election with the Republicans
gaining the majority in the House.
Other Democrats who serve on the Transportation and
Infrastructure committee that were ousted by Republican challengers
include Michael A. Arcuri (NY), John A. Boccieri (OH), Christopher
P. Carney (PA), John J. Hall (NY), Phil Hare (OL), Steve Kagen
(WI), Betsy Markey (CO), Michael E. McMahon (NY), Harry E. Mitchell
(AZ), Solomon P. Ortiz (TX), Thomas S.P. Perriello (VA), Mark H.
Schauer (MI), Gene Taylor (MI), Harry Teague (NM), and Dina Titus
(NV). Democrat Brian Baird of Washington did not run. His House
seat was won by Republican Jaime Herrera.
Boccieri, Hall, Mitchell, McMahon, Oberstar, Ortiz, Perriello,
Schauer, and Titus each have been serving on the aviation
subcommittee. Subcommittee chair Jerry Costello, (D-IL) won his
re-election and is likely to assume the role of Ranking Democrat on
the House Aviation Subcommittee. Most Republican committee members
won re-election, including ranking committee member Congressman
John Mica (FL) and Aviation Subcommittee ranking member Congressman
Tom Petri (WI). Congressman Mica is expected to assume the
Chairmanship of the House Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee and Congressman Petri is likely to become Chair of the
House Aviation Subcommittee.