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ATSSA honors Capito as Roadway Safety Champion

Award recognizes West Virginia Senator’s leadership on safety policies

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (June 15, 2022) – ATSSA honored Sen. Shelley Moore Capito with the Roadway Safety Champion award during the Association’s Legislative Briefing & Fly-In held this week in the nation’s capital.

ATSSA Board Member Tim McNelis, ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner, ATSSA Board Chair Jeff Johnson and ATSSA Vice President of Engagement Nate Smith presented the award to Capito in her Capitol Hill office.

Capito, a Republican and the junior senator from West Virginia, has served in the U.S. Senate since 2015. Before that, she served for 14 years in the House of Representatives, representing West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.

ATSSA recognized Capito, the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), for her leadership on roadway safety funding and rural infrastructure issues during committee negotiations for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which became law in November.

“Sen. Capito’s work on the IIJA will reap roadway safety benefits for Americans for many years,” ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner said. “Her leadership on the Senate EPW Committee played a significant role in seeing this historic measure pass in the U.S. Senate and then move on for the president’s signature. We applaud her for recognizing the importance of funding for roadway safety projects on all roads and on rural roadways, which face unique safety challenges.”

The Roadway Safety Champion is awarded to legislators who show leadership on roadway safety policies and help raise awareness of the importance of roadway safety. ATSSA began recognizing legislators more than a decade ago but does not automatically honor someone every year. The person must have taken actions that warrant recognition by the roadway safety infrastructure industry.

ATSSA’s Legislative Briefing & Fly-In was held on Monday and Tuesday with more than 50 people taking part. Members represented 17 states plus Washington, D.C. They received a policy briefing on Monday and visited the Capitol Hill offices of their representatives and senators on Tuesday.

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Photo caption: From left, ATSSA Board Member Tim McNelis, ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner, ATSSA Board Chair Jeff Johnson and ATSSA Vice President of Engagement Nate Smith present the Roadway Safety Champion award to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, (R-W.Va.), center, in her Capitol Hill office on June 14, 2022.

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