Rielly Awaits Senate Confirmation To Transportation Commission
Oskaloosa, Iowa – Former Oskaloosa Mayor and Iowa State Senator Tom Rielly has been outspoken on his concern for Iowa’s roads and bridges for many years. During his time in the Senate, he also chaired the Transportation Committee.
Earlier this month, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad nominated Rielly to sit on the Transportation Commission. I spoke with the Governor about his decision.
Branstad pointed out that Rielly used to Chair the Transportation Committee in the Senate. “He’s a Democrat, but I think he’s a very reasonable guy and I believe that he has a lot of knowledge and a lot of interest in transportation issues.”
Branstad went on to say, “I think he had an excellent background, and he applied for this position and I interviewed him and considered a lot of people.”
Branstad explained that, the Transportation Commission is a citizens commission “that has a lot of responsibility, because they oversee the five year plan for our state highways and bridges.”
“The Department of Transportation Commission, next to the Board of Regents, is the most sought after appointment we have in state government.” Branstad explained.
“I chose Senator Rielly, and I’m sure he’ll serve the people of Iowa well.” Branstad said in closing.
Rielly’s appointment is yet to be confirmed by the Iowa Senate, something most everyone agrees should be little issue.
The commission meets approximately once a month, at various locations throughout the state, where they meet with various organizations about transportation issues.
If appointed, the term would last 4 years and starts in May of this year.