Petri seeks chair of House panel
WASHINGTON - Republican Congressman Tom Petri wants to make sure his party’s leaders are clear on his goal of chairing the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
He sent a letter today to House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) confirming and reiterating his long-standing intention to seek the chairmanship of the influential committee.
The letter noted that he will not be seeking the chairmanship of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, but will remain on the committee.
Petri is currently vice chairman and senior member of the transportation committee.
His letter to Hastert stated in part that he “believes strongly in the important work of that committee in ensuring that we have the basic infrastructure and transportation network needed to keep us competitive in the 21st century global economy.”
“I am working toward the goal of becoming chairman of that committee in the next Congress upon the expiration of the current chairman’s term,” Petri told Hastert.
Well, let's see what happens - he has been passed up before. Including by new Majority leader Boehner who is far behind him in seniority - yet ended up chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in front of Petri.
Plus - Novak doesn't think he can get it.