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Gibbs appointed to House subcommittee
Freshman Congressman to oversee Ohio's waterways

Kabir Bhatia
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Holmes County Freshman Congressman Bob Gibbs has been appointed to a key chairmanship of a subcommittee that has jurisdiction over Ohio's waterways.
Gibbs is one of only a handful of House freshmen to get a subcommittee chair position, largely due to lobbying on his behalf by Republican House member Steve LaTourette of Bainbridge.
Gibbs will direct the water resources and environment panel, part of the House Transportation Committee. He says he has -- quote -- "nothing on the horizon" as far as legislative plans, but he does understand the importance of waterways to Northeast Ohio's well-being.

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"You know we are blessed here in this area of the country with the Great Lakes, I think it's 20% of the freshwater supply of the world.  Our other waterways, the Ohio River, a lot of our commerce is transported down the river, so it's all important.  So we want to make sure we have the infrastructure to be able to handle the growth of commerce and economic activity…”

Gibbs won the 18th District seat in November, replacing two-term Democrat Zack Space of Dover.  The Republican was appointed by Congressman John Mica of Florida, chairman of the transportation panel.  Mica noted Gibbs' experience as a farmer as a key factor in the decision.

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