Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) has been elected ranking member of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, congressional leaders announced Thursday.

“Congresswoman Norton has been a tireless and highly effective legislator during her more than two decades on Transportation and Infrastructure,” said committee ranking member Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) in a news release. “She has already led one of our Subcommittees with distinction and determination and I have no doubt her considerable experience will serve our Committee well as she now heads the Highways and Transit panel.

Norton previously was ranking member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.

“As ranking member of the Highways and Transit subcommittee, I feel a special responsibility to my colleagues, particularly on the committee, because the surface transportation bill, due this Congress, is vital to every district and every state in the nation,” Norton said.

Norton will be ranking member on a subcommittee that is responsible for the development of national surface transportation policy, construction and improvement of highway and transit facilities, implementation of safety and research programs, and regulation of commercial vehicle operations.

The subcommittee oversees a variety of U.S. Department of Transportation programs including the federal-aid highway program, the federal transit program, highway safety grants and research programs and the commercial vehicle safety programs and regulations.