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July 12, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 12, 2006 - Covington & Burling LLP's Jack Schenendorf was elected Vice-Chairman of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. The Commission was created under Section 1909 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). It is comprised of 12 members who are conducting a serious examination of the Nation's surface transportation system and methods of financing transportation infrastructure. The Commission will present a report with its findings to Congress by July 1, 2007.Mr. Schenendorf, who was appointed to the Commission by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives J. Dennis Hastert, will serve as Co-Vice-Chair along with Mary Peters, the former Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and the current National Director of Transportation Policy at HDR.Mr. Schenendorf joined Covington in 2001 as of counsel. His practice concentrates on transportation and legislation, with a particular focus on legislative strategy, legislative procedure, and the federal budget process. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Schenendorf served on the Bush/Cheney Transition where he was Chief of the Transition Policy Team for the U.S. Department of Transportation and other transportation-related agencies. He was responsible for reviewing all transportation policies and issues for the incoming Administration.For nearly 25 years, Mr. Schenendorf served on the staff of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the U.S. House of Representatives under 7 different Republican Committee leaders. He was Chief of Staff from 1995 to 2001 when the 75-member committee - the largest in the history of the Congress - held 314 hearings and passed 265 bills through the House, of which 115 were enacted into law. Mr. Schenendorf advised the committee on all legislative matters, including the major efforts to change the budgetary treatment of the transportation trust funds. These efforts led to enactment of the landmark Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21) in 1998 and the Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21) in 2000, as well as House passage of the Truth in Budgeting Act in 1996.