The role of the federal government in the transportation sector of the U.S. economy is fundamental. Regulatory policies and budget decisions – within federal agencies and with Congress on Capitol Hill – can determine the financial health or even the survivability of major corporations, small businesses and public institutions.
The Livingston Group (TLG) has a track record of successfully representing several ports and clients in almost every mode of transportation. This representation includes direct advocacy with authorizing committees, appropriators and the executive branch.
Paul Cambon - is a founding Partner of The Livingston Group and the Director of Government Relations for The Livingston Group’s affiliated law firm, Jones Walker. Prior to founding TLG, he was Legislative Director for Congressman Bob Livingston (R-LA) and Mr. Livingston's Associate Staff on the House Appropriations Committee. Through this experience, Mr. Cambon has developed a vast network of contacts in the federal, congressional, and private sectors, and experience in the development and implementation of the 12 annual appropriations measures.
Honorable Wayne Allard - is a former two-term Republican U.S. Senator and three-term Member of Congress from Colorado. Mr. Allard served as Chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing and Transportation and was a member on the Senate Appropriations Committee. While in Congress, he worked on two conference committees for the Transportation Authorization bill, secured the appropriation of more than $1 billion for Colorado mass transit projects, and altered the mass transit allocation formulas to make more money available for new starts and smaller metro areas. He also succeeded in keeping open the option for a competitive bidding process on new transit projects. Mr. Allard also served in the Colorado State Senate. During his tenure, he worked closely with the Denver Regional Transportation District to ensure that four projects were completed on time and within budget, and backed provisions in Colorado law ensuring that transit agencies contract out construction projects of new mass transit and that the bus system contract out a certain percentage of their bus service.
Honorable Bob Clement - was an eight-term Democratic Congressman from Tennessee. As a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Mr. Clement served on the Aviation; Railroad, Highways and Mass Transit; and Water Resources subcommittees. He also served on the House Budget Committee, giving him significant insight into funding procedures in Congress. Clement made global contacts through his work on the House International Affairs Committee. In his travels associated with the Tourism Caucus, he promoted trade and tourism for the United States.
Honorable William H. Zeliff, Jr. - is a former Republican Member of Congress from New Hampshire and House Deputy Whip. Mr. Zeliff served as Chairman on the National Security, International Affairs and Judiciary Subcommittee, and as a member of the Transportation, Government Reform and Small Business committees.
Puneet Ahluwalia - From 2011 to 2015, Puneet Ahluwalia was a Partner with both Franklin Global Group LLC and with Global Political Solutions LLC, two multi-service government relations and business development firms based in Washington DC. He was previously an associate with George Allen Strategies.
William D. Crosby, Jr. - is a former Chief Counsel and Republican Counsel on the House Rules Committee, with a total of 27 years of experience. He served as a Navy officer during the Vietnam War.
John Doyle - has worked on water resources development, transportation, environmental, maritime, technology, public works, and appropriations issues for more than 30 years in Washington, D.C., including senior executive assignments in the Department of the Army and senior staff positions in the House of Representatives. In the Pentagon, he served as Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) and Principal Deputy Secretary of the Army (Civil Works). In the House of Representatives, he served as the Chief of Staff of the Public Works and Transportation Committee (now the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) and as Minority Counsel for Water on the Public Works and Transportation Committee and, prior to that, of its Water Resources Subcommittee. His has tremendous experience with Army Corps of Engineers issues and the relevant congressional committees. He has detailed knowledge of how things get done on the level of both strategy and everyday agency relations, particularly with regard to infrastructure issues. Mr. Doyle is a Captain (retired) in the U.S. Naval Reserve and serves as Vice President of a national coalition of carriers and shippers formed to support modernization, operation, and maintenance of the inland waterways system. (Jones Walker)
Duane Gibson - has nearly 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill, working with both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Mr. Gibson has worked on diverse issue areas including transportation. His extensive experience working with Congress and the George W. Bush Administration were gained through 12 years as a senior staff member for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the House Resources Committee (under Chairman Don Young (R-AK)), and for Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK), Chairman of the Commerce and Appropriations committees.
Chris Johnsen - has been deeply involved in numerous legislative matters affecting the maritime industry including the Maritime Security Acts of 1996 and 2003, numerous Coast Guard Authorization Acts, the landmark tonnage tax legislation, the repeal of Subpart F shipping income provisions, the Jones Act, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Water Resources Development Act of 2007, and legislation to implement numerous Free Trade Agreements. In addition to his work with the Congress on Capitol Hill, Mr. Johnsen has developed close ties with the principal federal agencies involved with the promotion and/or regulation of the U.S. maritime industry: the Department of Transportation; the Maritime Administration (MarAd); the U.S. Coast Guard; the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC); the Export-Import Bank of the United States; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the U.S. Trade Representative; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (Jones Walker)
Ron McMurray - was Governor Dirk Kempthorne’s (R-ID) representative in Washington, DC and the principal federal lobbyist for Idaho’s business and trading partners. Mr. McMurray is the former President and Executive Director of Idaho’s seaport, the Port of Lewiston. He served as President of the Columbia/Snake River Marketing Group and as Vice President of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association. Mr. McMurray created the Pioneer Ports River Alliance, a coalition seeking scientific solutions to the declining anadromous fish population and to the water borne implications on hydropower and stream flow due to the implementation of the Endangered Species Act.
Bernie Robinson - is a Partner with The Livingston Group and was Chief of Staff to Congressman James McGovern (D-MA). Mr. Robinson worked on the TEA-21 legislation (Congressman McGovern was the only freshman Member of Congress on the TEA 21 conference committee) and other transportation initiatives. He also served as the chief federal lobbyist for the State of Illinois until May of 2001, including direct advocacy for transportation funding.
Christine J. Vineis - is a former legislative aide for the ranking Republican on the House Commerce Committee, and later represented one of the nation's top railroads before Congress and the executive branch. She serves as a strategic advisor to the Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors and has represented some of the nation's largest mega-projects. Ms. Vineis has successfully leveraged her technical knowledge of modal program intricacies to help clients secure over $1.6 billion in public infrastructure funding.