During his 25 years as a Member of the United States House of Representatives, Mr. Costello served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and on the Science Committee. He was the Dean of the Illinois Congressional delegation and he was a senior leader on both Committees and was recognized as one of the most knowledgeable leaders on transportation issues in the Congress. Congressman Costello played a major role in helping to write legislation that shaped national policy for all modes of transportation over the last quarter of a century.
He served as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Aviation Subcommittee, is credited with passing the strongest pilot training legislation in almost 50 years and moved Congress and the country much closer to replacing our antiquated air traffic control system with the multi-billion dollar Next Generation air traffic control system. In addition to his leadership in aviation, Congressman Costello served as the Ranking Member on the Water Resources Subcommittee and the Rail Subcommittee.