Senate Confirms Two New STB Commissioners

On November 18, 2020, the Senate confirmed Michelle Schultz and Robert Primus to five-year terms to the Surface Transportation Board. 

Ms. Schultz was first nominated in 2018, her seat is a new position following the expansion of the Board from three to five members.  Ms. Schultz has been a Deputy General Counsel with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) since 2006.  In addition to her JD, Ms. Schultz holds a Master’s Degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Primus is filling the seat of Commissioner Deb Miller after her term expired.  Mr. Primus has spent his career on Capitol Hill.  He most recently served as chief of staff to Representative Nanette Barragán.  Prior to that he was chief of staff to Representative Mike Capuano while Mr. Capuano was ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Railroad, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee. 

For the time being, the Board has a full complement of members.  Chairman Ann Begeman’s term expires December 31, 2020.  However, she could remain in the position for a 12-month hold over period.

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