House members finalized last week what has long been expected—current House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) will continue to lead the panel when the 114th Congress convenes in January, and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) will be the committee’s top Democrat.
Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will be the next chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee—which has jurisdiction over the Highway Trust Fund and its revenue streams—while Representative Sander Levin (D-Mich.) will continue in his role as the tax-writing panel’s lead Democrat. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) will take over next year as chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, which is responsible for producing annual legislation that sets federal transportation investment levels. House Democrats have not yet named his counterpart on this subcommittee.
While Senate committee chairs have not been made official, it is all but certain that Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) will take over as chairman of the Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee and current EPW Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will remain as the panel’s top Democrat. Similarly, current Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Ranking Republican Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) will be switching roles starting in January, which means Hatch will lead the tax-writing committee when the next Highway Trust Fund revenue crisis materializes in May.
We will provide further updates as more decisions are made about committee leadership and assignments.