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Nolan Heads to Washington to Prep Ahead of 113th Congress

Posted at: 11/12/2012 7:23 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

Election night is in the rear view mirror, and Democratic Congressman-elect Rick Nolan is already planning for the job ahead. He explained his intentions on his way to Washington Monday morning.

On a conference call with reporters, Nolan said he wants to be on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He reiterated his support for a plan to connect the Twin Cities and Duluth via high-speed rail, and said it's a mode of transportation that should be more widely used.

"I would really like to see our nation have all the major cities connected by rapid rail transit, and then spokes heading out from there," Nolan said.

Nolan is beginning a series of planning and orientation sessions ahead of the 113th Congress convening in January. He told us he'll be getting identification, having his photos taken, and will be meeting with Democratic leadership and ranking members of committees.

As Nolan told Eyewitness News following his election win, he said Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minnesota, is willing to help make the transition between them as smooth as possible.