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Fletcher tapped for House transportation committee

January 17, 2019

Freshman Rep. Lizzie Fletcher will sit on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, her office announced Thursday.

“I sought to serve on this committee because of its jurisdiction over issues of critical importance,” Fletcher, D-Houston, said.

Roads and pipelines crisscross the Seventh Congressional District she represents, after defeating nine-term Republican incumbent John Culberson in November.

Her appointment on the committee places her close to control of an issue where Culberson was decidedly on the other side: Rail within the Seventh District.

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Culberson, a long-time opponent of light rail development by Metropolitan Transit Authority, blocked funding via the appropriations committee of any Federal Transit Administration money to advance rail along Richmond Avenue or Post Oak Boulevard.

Fletcher’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on what effect her committee assignment will have on transit in the district or region.

Other Texans on the transportation committee include Dallas-area Democrats Eddie Bernice Johnson and Colin Alred.

Republicans, who until earlier this month controlled the House, also tapped Texans for the committee. Houston-area Congressmen Brian Babin and Randy Weber also are members.

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