Senior House Transportation Policymaker Dan Lipinski Loses Primary

Lipinski addresses constituents via a recent YouTube video. (Lipinski Office via YouTube)

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Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was defeated in a Democratic primary March 17. His term will end in January.

Marie Newman was named the victor of the 3rd Congressional District primary with 47.1% of the vote. Lipinski received 44.7%. The incumbent has served 15 years in Congress, during which time he ascended to the chairmanship of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over freight and passenger railroads.

In the 116th Congress, Lipinski has offered guidance on the reauthorization of a highway policy reauthorization bill that would update a 2015 law known as the FAST Act.

At the start of the year, House Democrats proposed $55 billion for freight and passenger rail operations over the next five years.

“America has a freight rail network that is the envy of the world,” Lipinski said at a hearing this month. “While much of the investment in our freight rail network is by private companies, federal investments in recent years have played a critical role in strengthening our national freight network.”

Newman founded a nonprofit to combat bullying in schools called Team Up to Stop Bullying, according to background archived by Ballotpedia.

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