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Rep. Lipinski, House rail subcommittee chair, loses primary race

Lipinski is serving in his eighth term in Congress.
Photo – Lipinski's website


U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), who chairs the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, lost a primary race last night to his progressive challenger, Marie Newman.

Newman, a business consultant and founder of an anti-bullying program, beat Lipinski by two percentage points, with 493 of 500 precincts reporting early today, The New York Times reported.

Lipinski — who opposed his party's positions on abortion rights and health care — narrowly beat Newman in 2018. He is in his eighth term in Congress.

Yesterday's defeat was a major upset for the congressman, whose family has represented Illinois' third district, in the Chicago suburbs, for nearly 40 years, according to the newspaper.

Lipinski is the most senior member from Illinois on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he served both the railroads subcommittee and the Aviation, Highways and Transit subcommittee. He also serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

During his first term, Lipinski secured $100 million in federal funding to initiate the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program, a public-private partnership set up to ease congestion on the roads and railways in northeastern Illinois.

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