Eighth Congressional District Rep.-elect Rick Nolan has snagged a spot on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
It's a plum spot for Nolan, whose district once benefited from former Rep. Jim Oberstar's perch as committee chair.
Republicans control the House, so Nolan, a Democrat, will be in the minority on the committee.
But Nolan said it's a major committee assignment because it is "vital to generating good jobs and economic development here in the Eighth Congressional District."
"Building a strong surface and water transportation system creates good paying jobs, improves the quality of our lives, and is the economic backbone of a large district like the Eighth," he said in a press release. "Timber, taconite, tourism and manufacturing spread over a large geographic area all require strong transportation to be successful."
Nolan said the spot will help the district secure federal support for the Northern Lights Express rail project, get money for regional airports, and expand traffic in the Port of Duluth, among other things.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said today he will not run for a fourth term.
That means he'll have one more year in office to finish up a variety of projects.
"This lame duck ain't quackin' yet," he said during a press conference at the Midtown Global Market.
Rybak laid out his plans for 2013 in a press release. They include helping the police department expand its programs to prevent youth and gun violence, improve schools, design a new Nicollet Mall streetcar, and improve the Northside Achievement Zone in North Minneapolis.
Rybak wasn't clear on his future plans, but indicated that he'd like to stay in Minnesota once he's done being mayor at the end of 2013.
Rybak's departure leaves the field for his replacement wide open, as MPR's Curtis Gilbert reported earlier this month.
Possible candidates include Council Member Betsy Hodges, Minneapolis School Board Member Hussein Samatar, former City Council Member Jackie Cherryhomes, and Council Member Gary Schiff.(0 Comments)