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Panama City representative Steve Southerland, II has been named vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation for the 113th Congress. The announcement was made by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster.
The appointment was well received by the Florida fishing community. Capt. Bob Zales, Regional Director of the Florida Guides Association, commented, “Representative Southerland has been a champion for fishermen and boaters in his first term and will continue that effort in his second. He is an avid fisherman and boater and clearly understands the importance of saving and securing waterways and providing open access to Florida’s and the nation’s natural marine resources. Steve will be a great friend to all who work and play on our nation’s waterways.”
“As a member of the House Transportation Committee hailing from a state with 20 ports, I understand the importance of bolstering Coast Guard readiness and strengthening our coastal economies," said Southerland. "I appreciate Chairman Shuster’s friendship and look forward to expanding my role on these maritime issues so critical to our nation’s economic competiveness."
In making Southerland’s appointment Mr. Shuster said, “His knowledge and expertise in coastal issues will be a welcome addition to the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.”
At a time when government spending is the talk of the town in Washington, Shuster says, “Rep. Southerland has consistently demonstrated a commitment to reforming America's vital infrastructure systems without losing his focus on making Washington spend smartly,”
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