“Freight rail helps companies reduce their carbon footprint. Trains are four times more fuel-efficient than trucks—with the nation’s railroads moving 40% of intercity freight while accounting for less than 1% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.”

Frank Smizik served the Town of Brookline in many capacities prior to being elected in 2000 as the Representative from the 15th Norfolk district. He was a member of the Democratic Town Committee, a Town Meeting member, the Commissioner and Chairman of the Housing Authority, and a Vice Chair of the School Committee. Smizik also served for 25 years as a legal services lawyer addressing housing and other civil issues facing low-income persons. He was involved in landmark litigation creating rights for persons displaced by urban renewal and also worked on litigation strategies to avoid homelessness.

As Chairman of the Massachusetts House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Smizik hopes to ensure that all legislation relating to transportation, energy, capital infrastructure, and economic development policy takes into consideration the challenge of global climate change and includes appropriate mitigation and adaptation measures.

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