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Transportation lobbyist joins Trump transition team

Transportation lobbyist joins Trump transition team
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An experienced Washington lobbyist is joining President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team to help oversee transportation and infrastructure policy, according to the New York Times.

Martin Whitmer, who is co-founder of Whitmer & Worrall, will lead transportation transition efforts for the incoming administration, according to the report.
Some of Whitmer’s current and former clients include the Association of American Railroads, the Air Line Pilots Association, the U.S. Travel Association, Penske Truck Leasing and the National Asphalt Pavement Association.

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He also sits on the board of directors for the Eno Center for Transportation, a D.C.-based think tank.

Whitmer has long had ties to the transportation industry. Before opening up his lobbying shop, Whitmer served as deputy chief of staff for the Department of Transportation (DOT) from 2001 to 2005.

Prior to that, Whitmer was vice president of government relations for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, according to his LinkedIn page.
Members of the transition team are generally responsible for vetting nominees, prioritizing policies and crafting a blueprint to guide the next administration.

“The American people have been burdened by a transportation system that has been neglected far too long,” Trump’s transition website says. “Americans deserve a reliable and efficient transportation network and the Trump administration seeks to invest $550 billion to ensure we can export our goods and move our people faster and safer.”