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Suffolk delegate to head House Appropriations panel

Republican replaces an independent

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Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 12:00 am

The new chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee is an independent-minded conservative who delivered a $6 billion tax increase to fund the state’s threadbare transportation system.

Del. S. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, was named chairman of the budget committee on Wednesday by House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, who sponsored the transportation funding package this year on behalf of Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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