Senator Rafferty to Chair Senate Transportation Committee

October 23, 2009
Sen. John Rafferty, a suburban Philadelphia Republican and member of the Senate Transportation Committee, has been chosen to replace Rob Wonderling as the majority chair of that committee. A Montgomery County native who also represents parts of Berks and Chester counties, Senator Rafferty is serving his second term in the Senate.  He is a former state deputy attorney general.Rafferty said in a news release issued by his office, “I look forward to using this new position to help improve our transportation system, which is crucial to protecting public safety and also expanding our economy.  Transportation issues affect every resident in Pennsylvania, whether it involves a daily commute to work or a bus ride on the public transit system or the movement of goods.  Our goal is to have a modern, efficient system that meets the needs of its users.” “Filling Rob Wonderling’s shoes is a tall order, given his energy and commitment to meeting Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure needs, but Senator Rafferty is an excellent choice,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner.  “His experience serving on the Transportation Committee gives him a head start, and we’re optimistic that he’ll pick up where Senator Wonderling left off.”Wonderling, who was appointed chair at the beginning of the year, resigned from the Senate to head the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.Before his election to the Senate, Senator Rafferty was an attorney in private practice, focusing on education, real estate, zoning and business and estates law.  As deputy attorney general from 1988 to 1991, he was responsible for the Criminal Law Division and grand jury investigations. 

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