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Nottingham becomes Surface Transportation Board's fourth chairman


On Monday, President George W. Bush swore in the Surface Transportation Board’s fourth chairman and ninth member. Charles Nottingham will hold the gavel until Dec. 31, 2010.

Most recently the Federal Highway Administration’s associate administrator for policy and governmental affairs, Nottingham assumes the chairman’s seat temporarily held by STB member W. Douglas Buttrey after former STB Chairman Roger Nober resigned in December 2005. The three-member board also includes Francis Mulvey.

Nottingham previously served as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Government Reform, chief executive officer of the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia assistant secretary of transportation, counsel and chief of staff for Virginia Congressman Tom Davis, and chief of staff for Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte. The Senate confirmed his nomination to the board on Aug. 4.

“Our nation’s economic health and quality of life depend on our ability to improve our transportation infrastructure,” said Nottingham in a prepared statement. “I look forward to … addressing these infrastructure and other critical issues.”