ARLINGTON, Va. (Nov. 11, 2010) — Mary Phillips has joined the American Trucking Associations (ATA) as senior vice president of legislative affairs, returning to the post she held in 2005 and 2006.
When she previously held that job, the ATA said Ms. Phillips focused on the associations' efforts to secure reauthorization of the highway program, including the ATA's goals for the safety and hazardous materials titles of the bill.
ATA President and CEO Bill Graves cited Ms. Phillips “tremendous understanding of trucking, transportation and the workings of Capitol Hill” as a great asset to ATA members, noting she will “bolster our advocacy work relating to the industry's core issues of safety, essentiality and sustainability.”
Ms. Phillips will lead ATA's advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, the group said, adding that the many issues facing the trucking industry in the upcoming Congress include “reauthorization of the current highway program, a number of tax-related matters and transportation security.”
Prior to re-joining ATA, Ms. Phillips served as a senior professional staff member for the Senate Commerce Committee's Surface Transportation Subcommittee, a position she held from 2002 through 2004. Between her two tours with Senate Commerce, she served as the associate administrator for policy and governmental affairs at the Federal Highway Administration as well as ATA vice president of legislative affairs. She has also held a number of positions in the railroad industry in marketing, sales, strategic planning and governmental affairs, the ATA said.
She succeeds Timothy P. Lynch, who has joined international law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius L.L.P. as senior director of its Washington Government Relations and Public Policy Practice.
The ATA is the trucking industry's largest national trade association and includes a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences and 50 affiliated state trucking associations. It represents more than 37,000 members in the U.S.