Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt has appointed State Representative Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) as chairman of the Minnesota House Transportation Finance Committee.
Torkelson was recently elected to his 5th term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He previously served as chairman of the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead the transportation committee,” Torkelson said. “As chairman, road and bridge funding will be my focus and improving critical rural projects will certainly be among my top committee priorities.”
Looking to 2017, Torkelson said an important legislative goal is to ensure balanced transportation funding and allow Minnesota’s drivers to utilize more safe and modern roads.
“As session moves along, I look forward to working with both Republicans and Democrats on finding solutions that will meet Minnesota’s most vital transportation infrastructure needs,” Torkelson concluded.