Washington, DC – Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced that he has been appointed to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 115th Congress. In addition, he will continue to serve on the House Education and Workforce Committee.
“I understand that our transportation is failing the Bay Area, and that we need radical and immediate change. It is an honor to join the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. As the former Chairman of the California State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, I look forward to continuing to fight for needed investments in our infrastructure systems to improve safety, reduce congestion, and create millions of good paying jobs. The Transportation Committee is expected to have a full agenda in new the Congress, including a robust infrastructure bill and addressing aviation and surface transportation needs. I am excited to get right to work on these and other innovative solutions that will help strengthen our economy, make us more competitive, and ensure transparency and accountability in state and local infrastructure projects,” said Congressman Mark DeSaulnier.
“Congressman DeSaulnier brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge, experience and accomplishment to addressing the nation’s urgent transportation and infrastructure needs,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. “Congressman DeSaulnier understands how critically important our transportation and other infrastructure are to growing our economy. He focuses on solutions and getting things done. He will be a great champion for California and for our nation in fighting for the investments that are so badly needed to keep our country and our economy moving.”
“Mark has been a longtime champion of improving transportation in the Bay Area. His appointment to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is a win not only for Contra Costa County for, but for our nation. I am confident that he will bring the same passionate leadership to his new assignment that he has exhibited in the past, and I look forward to finding new innovative ways to partner with him to improve our transit systems for Bay Area residents,” said Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority.
In addition to his time as Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and serving as the first freshman in history to chair the California Assembly Transportation Committee, DeSaulnier brings to the Committee a breath of experience having served as a former member of the California Transportation Commission, a former member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and the National Conference of State Legislatures Transportation Committee, and for nearly a decade Congressman DeSaulnier served on the California Air and Resources Board.
Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (DE-SOWN-YAY) represents California’s 11th Congressional District. He was sworn-in as a member of the 114th Congress on January 6, 2015 and was appointed to serve on the Education and the Workforce and Oversight and Government Reform Committees.
Prior to being elected to Congress, DeSaulnier served in the California State Senate where as Chair of the Transportation and Housing Committee he fought for greater accountability on the state’s transportation infrastructure projects including the Bay Bridge, and was a strong advocate for safe and efficient transportation systems. He also founded the Select Committee on Excellence, Innovation, and Accountability in State Government as a means to examine the ways to improve state government to more efficiently and effectively deliver services to California citizens. Mark also served in the State Assembly and received the distinction of being the first freshman in history to chair the Assembly Transportation Committee.
During his time in the state legislature, Mark championed issues that impact the most vulnerable populations of California, introducing legislation to support underserved, homeless, and foster youth, and founded the Ending Poverty and Inequality in California Caucus. He also fought to safeguard against corporate tax giveaways, to end prescription drug abuse, and to protect homeowners against foreclosure. He was a proponent of more stringent guidelines to prevent the use of harmful, toxic pesticides in schools, and worked to foster regional coordination as a co-chair of the Bay Area Caucus. From 2008 to 2014, during the time he was in the state legislature, 61 of Mark’s bills were passed and became California state law.
DeSaulnier served locally as a Concord City Councilmember and as Mayor. He was appointed to the Concord Planning Commission and was a member of the University of California Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program Advisory Committee. While serving on the City Council, DeSaulnier was appointed to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, where he was re-elected three times. As Supervisor, he served on the California Air Resources Board, the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Mark championed several local transportation issues including the Expansion of Highway 4, BART to eastern Contra Costa County, and the development of a fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, DeSaulnier earned his BA in History from the College of the Holy Cross.