Two western Kansas legislators who were named to lead committees in the Kansas House of Representatives said in separate statements Monday that they are looking forward to their roles.

Rep. Shannon Francis, R-Liberal, was appointed chairman of the House Transportation and Public Safety Budget Committee by Speaker of the House Ron Ryckman.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our community,” Francis said. “Our families have been pushing the state to invest in U.S. 54 and U.S. 83 for a long time. This gives us an even stronger voice in our fight for southwest Kansas and fair transportation funding,” he said.

Francis recently served on the Joint Legislative Transportation Vision Task Force, and he said the committee he will chair will play a role in identifying stable funding for transportation, including for the stalled T-Works projects that the task force recommended be completed.

One stalled T-Works project is the K-96 corridor, with improvements slated from the Nickerson area into Rice County.

Rep. Troy Waymaster, R-Bunker Hill, will continue in the new session opening in January as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Waymaster said he is looking forward to working with the committee members “in crafting budget solutions for the state of Kansas.”