|Del. Tom Rust, right, is being challenged in this year’s 86th District race by Democrat Jennifer Boysko, who’s making her first run for public office. Photo Courtesy/Facebook, Tom Rust|
If state Del. Tom Rust (R-86th) wins reelection next month, he'll succeed his long-time colleague and friend, Del. Joe May (R-33rd), as chairman of the House of Delegates Committee on Transportation, Republican House Speaker Bill Howell announced this morning.
The transportation committee chairman post will come vacant at the start of the 2014 session because of May's primary loss in June to newcomer Dave LaRock.
Rust is seeking a seventh term in the House. If reelected, he'll be the most senior member on the committee.
Howell, in a prepared statement Monday, said: “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.”
Rust is being challenged in this year's 86th District race by Democrat Jennifer Boysko, who's making her first run for public office.
In a September interview with the Time-Mirror, Rust touted his 12 years of experience in the House of Delegates, something he said is especially needed in Richmond, given five committee chairs won't be returning to the legislature in 2014.
The Republican incumbent voted for and helped craft this year's bipartisan transportation bill that raises hundreds of millions in new funding for roads and rail projects.
“This year’s landmark transportation reform package, which Tom proudly supported, will generate over $6 billion in new revenue for transportation projects," Howell said. "Tom will be a key leader in the General Assembly’s efforts to ensure that money is spent wisely and in a way that reduces congestion, increases safety and promotes economic development."