Tom O’Dea named ranking member of Transportation Committee

With the start of the 2015-17 legislative term State Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-125) has been named ranking member of the legislature’s Transportation Committee. Mr. O’Dea represents New Canaan and part of Wilton.

The appointment was made by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides Jan. 7,  following the announcement that long-time state Rep. David Scribner of Brookfield would not be taking the oath of office in order to accept an appointment with the Department of Consumer Protection.  Mr. Scribner had held the post of ranking member on the committee for many years.

“I deeply appreciate the House Republican Leader’s faith in my ability to serve as ranking member on the Transportation Committee,” Mr. O’Dea said in a press release.  “Transportation issues, including infrastructure and congestion problems, are a tremendous concern to the residents of our region of Connecticut.  For many years the legislature has moved vital funds from critical projects to fund pet projects while our roads and bridges deteriorated. I want to stop that dangerous trend, and redouble our commitment to solving these problems which are some of the most significant we will examine during this session.”

Transportation was one of the “largest challenges” facing the state identified by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in his State of the State address Wednesday.

“Representative O’Dea has proven himself as a capable, thorough and conscientious legislator during his comparatively short time in the House,” Ms. Klarides (R-114) said.  “I know that his constituents and our caucus can count on his steady leadership on the Transportation Committee, and I look forward to working with him in this new capacity.”

Mr. O’Dea, an attorney in practice with the firm of Diserio, Martin, O’Connor & Castiglioni, LLP,  was sworn into his second term Wednesday. Mr. O’Dea also serves on the Judiciary Committee and is ranking member of the Regulations Review Committee.