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Shuster Announces T&I Committee Senior Staff Appointments

PRESS RELEASE
Shuster Announces T&I Committee Senior Staff Appointments
For Immediate Release: December 06, 2016
Contact: Justin HarclerodeJeff UrbanchukKeith Hall (202) 225-9446
Washington, DC – Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) today announced a number of senior staff changes as preparations continue for the start of the 115thCongress.Chris Vieson has been appointed Deputy Staff Director for the full Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; Fred Miller has been appointed to General Counsel for the full Committee; Holly Woodruff Lyons has been appointed to Aviation Subcommittee Staff Director and will continue to serve as the full Committee’s Deputy General Counsel; Mary Phillips has been appointed Staff Director of the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee; Geoff Gosselin has been appointed Senior Professional Staff on the Highways and Transit Subcommittee and Senior Advisor to the Chairman; and Chris Brown has been appointed Oversight Counsel.

“Over the course of the past two Congresses, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has demonstrated an ability to efficiently move legislation from the hearing room to the President’s desk. We have been effective thanks in no small part to our talented staff, whose experience and knowledge have enabled our Committee to advance an agenda to ensure America has a 21st century infrastructure and to strengthen the Nation’s competitiveness,” said Shuster. “I am sure the talent and hard work displayed by these professionals will continue to benefit the Committee into the next Congress as they assume their new roles, and as we get to work with the new administration to address our infrastructure needs.”

Chris Vieson joins the Committee from Public Strategies Washington, where he is a partner in the firm’s government affairs group.  Previous to his stint with Public Strategies Washington, Chris held a number of positions on the Hill, most recently as the Director of Floor Operations for Majority Leader Eric Cantor.  Before that, he served as a floor assistant and policy advisor on appropriations for Republican Whip Roy Blunt.  He was also a legislative analyst for House Republican Conference Chairs Deborah Pryce and Adam Putnam.

Fred Miller has served as the Staff Director of the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee since 2015, after first joining the Subcommittee staff in 2011 as Counsel.  Fred has worked on a variety of oversight and legislative efforts involving Amtrak and passenger rail services, freight rail transportation, pipeline safety, and hazardous materials regulation, in addition to surface transportation and aviation reauthorization bills.  He is a former attorney-advisor of both the Surface Transportation Board and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Holly Woodruff Lyons has served as the Deputy General Counsel for the Committee since 2014.  She has previously served as the Aviation Subcommittee Republican Staff Director, and first joined the Subcommittee staff in 2002.  She has worked on multiple Federal Aviation Administration reauthorizations, and was the lead House negotiator on the 2012 reauthorization and the “FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016.”  Holly is also a former FAA attorney, and has worked in private legal practice.  As Aviation Subcommittee Staff Director, Holly will also continue to serve as the Committee’s Deputy General Counsel.

Mary Phillips has served as Senior Professional Staff on the Committee for two years, a post she also held with the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, where she handled surface transportation issues for Senators McCain and Thune.  During the George W. Bush Administration, Mary was the Associate Administrator for Policy and Governmental Affairs at the Federal Highway Administration.  She also has prior experience in the freight transportation industry in marketing, sales, strategic planning, and governmental affairs.

Geoff Gosselin has served for 16 years as a staff member in the House or Representatives.  He has served on the Committee staff for six years as Senior Professional Staff on the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, and as Professional Staff on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.  He also has a decade of experience working in the personal offices of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Members.

Chris Brown has been appointed Oversight Counsel for the full Committee after serving as the Staff Director of the Aviation Subcommittee since 2014.  Before joining the Committee, Chris worked in the private sector as well as in the executive branch, serving two years as the Assistant Administrator and Deputy Assistant Administrator for Government and Industry Affairs at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  Brown also worked previously as counsel for the Aviation Subcommittee.

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