Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R–Celina) today appointed State Senator Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville) to serve as the Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee.
The Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee is primarily responsible for balancing the state’s biennial transportation budget, which must be enacted by April 1st of each odd-numbered year. In addition, the committee also makes recommendations to the full Senate for the advice and consent of certain governor’s appointments.
“A strong infrastructure is an important part of maintaining a strong economy,” said Manning. “We made a great amount of headway by investing in dilapidated bridges, updating roads, and investing in Ohio jobs last session, but there is more that can be done and I am looking forward to using this opportunity to strengthen Northeast Ohio and the rest of the state.”
During the 130th General Assembly, Manning oversaw the passage and implementation of the $7.6 billion transportation budget, which included significant investments in Ohio’s roads and infrastructure. The impact of the plan, which is expected to create a total of 65,000 new jobs, is already felt in her community with the revitalization of State Route 57 in Elyria where policy-makers are working to attract new businesses to the Midway Mall region. Senator Manning will continue to help Ohio grow with similar legislation in the upcoming General Assembly. 
A lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, Manning is a graduate of both Kent State University and The University of Akron. She resides in North Ridgeville where she and her husband raised their two children, Allison and Nathan and where she now watches her two grandchildren, Conner and Avery grow.
Chairwoman Manning will convene the committee in the coming weeks. 

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