ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota Senate Majority Leader-designate Tom Bakk announced Wednesday that Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, has been selected to lead the Senate Transportation and Public Safety Budget Division when the DFL regains control of the body Jan. 8. Sen. Bakk cited Sen. Dibble’s years of leadership on statewide transportation priorities as the key factor in determining his chairmanship position.
“Sen. Dibble has been a tireless leader on transportation challenges facing our entire state,” Sen. Bakk said. “He has been at the forefront of improving transit access across the state and has a strong understanding of the unique transportation challenges facing citizens and businesses across Minnesota. I am confident in his ability to manage this large and complicated budget, and I look forward to him leading the discussion on how to address our state’s vast transportation needs.”
Sen. Dibble said was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and has served on the transportation committees during his entire tenure. He also is the former chair of the National Conference of State Legislature’s Transportation Committee. This is his first time chairing a primary budget and policy committee in the Senate.
“Transportation is such a critical part of Minnesota’s entire economy,” Sen. Dibble said. “Our roads, bridges, highways, buses and trains all help ensure the safe and efficient transport of goods and services–and our families–traveling across this state. It is a subject area that needs constant, dedicated attention, and I’m very eager to begin a discussion on improving every facet of our transportation and transit systems to respond to 21st century needs. We have the opportunity to make investments that will be more responsive to our citizens’ needs and attractive to new businesses and residents–such an important part of moving Minnesota’s economy forward.”
Sen. Dibble added that next year, a budget session in the Minnesota legislature, will be a particularly critical time for major transportation-related decisions. The state’s budget shortfall will make it particularly challenging to meet the vast needs facing the state’s transportation system, requiring creative thinking and collaboration between many groups.
“I understand that transportation challenges are very unique and specific in different regions of the state, and that we must take a comprehensive approach to solving all of those challenges if we want to move our state forward,” Sen. Dibble said. “I am committed to working with agencies, the Governor, statewide business groups and leading transit advocates to develop a thorough plan that will set up Minnesota for success.”
For more information, Sen. Dibble’s phone and email contacts will remain the same: 651-296-4191 or email@example.com. His new Capitol office address will be announced in the coming weeks.