State Rep. Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) speaks in support of the Second Amendment during Gun Appreciation Day rally held Jan. 19, 2013, near the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. (TMP Photo/M. Kemph)
State Rep. Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) has been named vice chairman of the House Transportation Committee for the 108th Tennessee General Assembly.
Sparks was also appointed to the House Local Government Committee, as well as the House Transportation Subcommittee.
“I am honored to be named vice chairman of the House Transportation Committee, and I am grateful that (House) Speaker Beth Harwell has entrusted me with this position of leadership,” Sparks said in a press release. “We have many infrastructure needs in our community, including the necessity for safety improvements in several heavily traveled areas of Rutherford County. Over the coming weeks and months, I am committed to working with my colleagues on the House Transportation Committee to make the infrastructure needs of our district a reality."
Bills typically referred to the Transportation Committee deal with highways, roads and bridges, truck weights, safety regulations, as well as public works and utilities.
Rutherford County will have double the influence with State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), who also represents a portion of Rutherford County, serving as the chairman for the Senate Transportation Committee.
"I am proud to serve in the State Legislature with Rep. Sparks and am thrilled with Speaker Harwell's appointment of him as vice chairman of the House Transportation Committee," Tracy said. "Mike's experience and background as a member of the Rutherford County Commission and Planning Committee, as well as his experience in business make him the perfect fit for this leadership position."