U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), entering his third term as a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, will serve as top Republican on the Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection for the 111th Congress.

Congressman Dent’s Subcommittee has jurisdiction over: aviation security; mass transit and rail security; surface transportation security; critical infrastructure protection efforts at the Department; public-private partnerships to secure various sectors and infrastructure; protection of government assets; public-private advisory boards and councils at the Department; and efforts to catalogue the nation's critical resources and assets. The other Homeland Security Subcommittee to which Congressman Dent belongs is Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment.

The assignment as Ranking Member of the TS&IP Subcommittee complements with Congressman Dent’s position on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, on which Congressman Dent has also served since 2005.

For the T&I Committee in the 111th Congress, Congressman Dent serves on the Subcommittees on Highways and Transit; Aviation; and Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials (a new assignment.)

“Since joining Congress, I have taken a strong interest in the viability of our nation’s transportation system, as well as the effort to secure the vital infrastructure of our nation -- from ports to highways to railroads,” Congressman Dent said. “I look forward to continuing the serious, bipartisan approach to our work with which the Homeland Security Committee, and all of its subcommittees, have operated. We are faced with many security challenges and we must continue to work together to solve them.”