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ARLINGTON, Va. (May 7, 2014) — Christopher Spear has been named the American Trucking Associations (ATA) chief of legislative affairs and newest vice president and.

“Chris has a long career on Capitol Hill and in the federal government and we’re thrilled to have him as part of our advocacy team,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “Chris also brings a wealth of experience from the private sector which benefits our vital industry as we pursue our legislative priorities on Capitol Hill.”

During his career Mr. Spear was vice president of emerging markets and government relations for Honeywell International Inc. and also was assistant labor secretary during the Bush administration as well as a professional staffer in the U.S. Senate.

As part of ATA’s advocacy team, he will report to Dave Osiecki, executive vice president of national advocacy. As chief of legislative affairs, the ATA said Mr. Spear will be responsible for advancing the association’s policy priorities in Congress, including infrastructure funding, hours-of-service and safety issues.

“Bringing Chris onboard as our chief of legislative affairs is an important part of our strategic efforts at ATA to more closely align our policy, regulatory and legislative efforts,” Mr. Osiecki said.

“Trucking plays a crucial role in the American economy and ATA should play an equally important role on Capitol Hill,” Spear said, “and I welcome the challenge of making that happen.”

Mr. Spear holds both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wyoming.

The ATA represents a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils.

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Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?

I wholeheartedly support their action – something needs to be done.
46%
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