Roberts named new Transportation chairman

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.

2 comments Add your comment

rupert cheshire

June 27th, 2009
8:19 am

i know its not urban or rural problem but where i live there are over 900 miles of dirt road, no interstate and no passanger trains, and that needs to be fixed.

Daedalus

June 30th, 2009
9:45 am

Roberts is speaking in code — whenever you hear a downstate politician say that transportation is a statewide problem what he is really saying is how much he is looking forward to taking tax dollars from metro Atlanta to pay for projects in his hometown of Ocilla and other rural areas. After all, just because metro Atlanta pays the majority of transportation tax dollars in Georgia doesn’t mean that the state has any intention of spending Atlanta’s tax dollars on Atlanta’s transportation infrastructure. That would be socialism, or marxism, or some other ‘ism’ and be bad, very bad.