This year, the City of Irving presents the Lifetime Infrastructure Champion Award to not one, but two distinguished individuals. Our federal honoree is Congressman Pete Sessions, who has advocated for North Texas in Washington to ensure the resources for vital infrastructure projects throughout his distinguished career. Locally, we will honor former Irving mayor and businessman R. Dan Matkin for his lifelong contributions to the economic growth and development of regional transportation in the Metroplex.
Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32)
Congressman Pete Sessions is the proud representative of the 32nd Congressional District. During his time in Congress, supporting critical infrastructure legislation that provides for our nation’s transportation and economic needs has been his consistent priority. He played a role in ensuring bills such as the FAST Act of 2015, the biannual Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), and the Transportation funding bill are ultimately signed into law through his role as Chairman of the House Rules Committee.
As a businessman, Congressman Sessions served as Chairman of the Northeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce. With his background in the private sector, Congressman Sessions realizes the unique opportunities that are available for collaboration and partnerships between local, state, and federal government entities, and private sector investors, developers, and stakeholders.
As the representative for the 32nd Congressional District, Congressman Sessions pursues his constituents’ goals for transportation and infrastructure issues through his work on various Congressional committees and caucuses. He currently serves as the Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Rules. In 2008 and 2010, he was elected by the House Republican Conference as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
The Honorable R. Dan Matkin
The Honorable R. Dan Matkin has made public service the hallmark of his life. His professional and volunteer endeavors on behalf of the City of Irving encompass business, economic development, transportation, infrastructure, regional planning and civic life. He was the mayor of the City of Irving for three consecutive terms during a period of tremendous growth. As mayor, Matkin worked to expand infrastructure for the City of Irving’s water system. Texas Stadium opened during his term as mayor. His support also helped establish the Las Colinas commercial and residential district.
Prior to being elected mayor, he was a six-year member of the Irving City Council. Matkin also served on the Executive Board of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, including as chairman.
His commitment to investment in vital infrastructure and to advancements in transportation spans decades. In the 1970s, he was chairman of the NCT Transportation Policy Advisory Committee and also Irving’s representative to the Regional Transportation Council. In 1980s he was heavily involved in the interim board that resulted in the formation of DART, where he then went on to serve six years as a board member.
Mr. Matkin continues to promote economic growth for the City of Irving as a member of the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau.