U.S. Rep.-elect Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat who will represent the 5th District in the next Congress, announced Thursday that she has a seat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“With Newtown still very present in our hearts, I am humbled by the opportunity to work with members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for legislation that will benefit economic growth in all of the 41 cities and towns of Connecticut’s 5th District,” Esty said.

The incoming chairman of that committee, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., had campaigned in Connecticut for Esty’s Republican rival, state Sen. Andrew Roraback, in Roraback’s failed bid for the 5th District seat.

Esty said she’s waiting for a second committee assignment.

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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