State Rep. Jay Roberts (R-Ocilla) has been named the new chairman of the House Transportation Committee.
Roberts replaces Vance Smith (R-Pine Mountain), who resigned his seat earlier this month to become the new commissioner of the state Department of Transportation.
“As chairman of the House Republican Caucus, Rep. Roberts has shown that he is a proven leader,” Speaker Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram) said in a statement. “I am confident he will bring the same skills to the House Transportation Committee as we continue to work towards a solution and solve one of the most important issues facing our state today.”
Roberts said he wants to address transportation needs on a statewide basis.
“Transportation is not just a rural or urban problem, but an issue that affects the entire state,” he said.