North Missouri Congressman Sam Graves has signaled his intention to pursue the ranking member position on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Graves, who was re-elected to his 10th term of office in the House in Tuesday's general election, said he has formally notified the body's Republican Conference of his interest via a letter of intent. He referred to his experience as a professional pilot as one asset for the post.

"I have a clear vision for an improved transportation network," Graves told his party colleagues.

He has been a member of the committee since arriving in Congress in 2001.