Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is the public sector recipient of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) most prestigious award. The 2004 “ARTBA Award” was presented to Sen. Inhofe April 26 on Capitol Hill by ARTBA Chairman Rich Wagman, chairman and CEO of Pennsylvania-based G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc.
The ARTBA Award was established in 1960 to annually recognize individuals from the private sectors who have made outstanding contributions toward advancing the broad objectives of the association. This award is the highest honor that ARTBA bestows on an individual. Past recipients include many distinguished leaders in the transportation construction industry and more than a dozen U.S. congressmen, 10 U.S. senators, two U.S. secretaries of transportation and two state governors.
Inhofe was selected in recognition of his advocacy on federal transportation investment issues. As Senate EPW chairman, he has been a key player in calling for a significant boost in highway and transit funding in the annual budget process during the past few years. In 2004, he led the charge on the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) by proposing a six-year, $318 billion highway and transit investment plan. The bill overwhelmingly passed the Senate 76-21. Congress adjourned in late 2004 without reconciling the differences between the House and Senate reauthorization bills. In 2005, Inhofe is once again spearheading efforts in the Senate on new reauthorization legislation, S.732, aimed at increasing federal transportation investment.
Tom Hill, chief executive officer of Washington. D.C.-based Oldcastle Materials and 2002-2004 ARTBA chairman, was recognized last fall as the private sector award recipient.