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3/2/2011



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Nottingham to exit STB by March 18


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Yesterday, Surface Transportation Board Vice Chairman Charles Nottingham announced plans to resign March 18, or sooner if his successor is confirmed by the Senate. In December, President Obama nominated Ann Begeman, the minority staff director of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, as his successor.

Nottingham joined the board in August 2006 and previously served as STB chairman in 2009. In October 2010, he announced he wouldn’t seek a second term when his board term expired on Dec. 31. Nottingham continued to serve the STB into 2011 “to facilitate an orderly transition and participate in the resolution of several significant pending proceedings,” according to a prepared statement. The STB’s governing statute permits a board member to continue serving for up to one year after their term ends until a successor is named and confirmed.

Nottingham provided the board “knowledge of the transportation industries, which he did nothing but expand through his dedicated effort and attention to detail,” said STB Commissioner Francis Mulvey. “These characteristics were readily demonstrated at STB hearings and oral arguments where his questioning of witnesses always testified to his thoughtful presentation. I wish him all the best in his new pursuits.”


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