Trump Nominates Railroad Executive Howard Elliott to Lead PHMSA

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The White House announced Sept. 11 the nomination of Howard “Skip” Elliott for administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The U.S. Senate must confirm Elliott’s nomination.

Howard “Skip” Elliott

A 39-year veteran of the railroad industry, Elliott recently retired as vice president of public safety, health and environment with CSX Transportation (CSX). Slated as a speaker for the 2018 Secure Rail Conference in Orlando, Florida, Elliott is recognized as a leader in the transportation industry in hazardous materials transportation safety, as well as environmental, railroad policing and homeland security initiatives and policy.

Oil and gas pipeline industry leaders have spoken in favor of Elliott’s nomination.

Don Santa, president and chief executive officer of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), lauded the President Donald Trump for announcing his intent to nominate Elliott as PHMSA administrator.

“INGAA applauds the announcement of President Trump’s intent to nominate Howard Elliott to serve as PHMSA administrator,” Santa said. “Elliott, if confirmed, would bring extensive experience and leadership in safety, security, operations and emergency management to PHMSA.

“We urge the president to nominate, and the Senate to hold a hearing and quickly confirm this qualified nominee.”

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If confirmed, Elliott would replace Marie Therese Dominquez, who led PHMSA under former President Barack Obama, from June 2015 through January 2017. Drue Pearce, who is serving as acting administrator of PHMSA, will assume the title of deputy administrator if Elliott is confirmed. She most recently served as director of government affairs at Holland & Hart LLP, where she focused on energy, natural resource and manufacturing industries.

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