The Surface Transportation Board has announced that newly sworn-in commissioner Patrick Fuchs has been designated as the agency’s vice chairman. The vice chairmanship rotates annually among STB members.
Fuchs, 31, became the second youngest member of the STB and its predecessor, the Interstate Commerce Commission when he was sworn in on Jan. 17. NGFA is pleased to announce he has accepted an invitation to address the Transportation and Trade Open Forum on Sunday afternoon, March 17, during NGFA’s 123rd Annual Convention at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Fla.
Most recently, Fuchs served as a senior staff member of the Senate Science, Commerce and Transportation Committee, where he participated in the drafting and passage of five bills directly affecting freight and passenger railroads, including the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015. He also participated in drafting the rail and hazardous materials titles of Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act – the first rail passenger-service reauthorization bill in almost a decade – that instituted reforms in Amtrak and encouraged private-sector competition on at least three Amtrak long-distance routes.
Previously, Fuchs was a policy analyst at the White House Office of Management and Budget, a U.S. State Department Presidential Management Fellow serving in The Hague, Netherlands, and a research assistant at the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education.
He’s a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a double-major undergraduate degree in economics and political science, and a master’s degree in public policy analysis and management, with an emphasis on transportation policy, economics and statistics. His academic experience also included participation in an international academic program with the University of Singapore, focusing on international policy and economics.