House Speaker Tom Leonard announced today that State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, will lead the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and serve on other key committees including Energy Policy, Judiciary and Michigan Competitiveness.
“I’m thankful for the confidence that Speaker Tom Leonard has in my ability to chair the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee,” said Rep. Cole. “This committee is one of the core functions of the legislature and essential to continuing Michigan’s success.
“The House Committee on Committees was very thoughtful with their assignments and I couldn’t be more excited to continue to work to make Michigan great again.”
Rep. Cole brings a unique skillset to the committee table having spent 10 plus years as a professional driver with a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) including time spent hauling hazardous material across the state.
Rep. Cole spent his first term serving on the Transportation Committee working side-by-side with his dear friend and former representative, the late Peter Pettalia.
“Rep. Pettalia helped shape my views looking at the big picture of Michigan’s challenges including tunnels and bridges, rural roads and urban congestion, air and rail, and the transport of iron-ore across our waterways.
“I’ve spent over a decade behind the wheel of a semi-truck and I’ve witnessed firsthand the unique issues across the state,” said Rep. Cole. “Transportation is more than just cars, it includes recreational opportunities and tourism as well as the transportation of agricultural commodities.
“Remaining on Judiciary and Energy Policy will allow me to continue to serve the people of Northern Michigan by protecting the second amendment rights as well as key energy issues exclusive to rural areas.
“The newly created committee on Michigan Competitiveness is an honor to be a part of and I’m excited to work alongside my friend and colleague Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Lee Chatfield.”