The American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) senior lobbyist, Dave Bauer, has been recognized as one of 13 Washington advocates most “skilled at moving the ball for their industries and effective at selling their story to targeted audiences.” Bauer, ARTBA’s senior vice president of government relations since 2004, was featured in the April 24 issue of “CEO Update,” a leading association management publication. He was nominated for the honor by industry peers.
Bauer first joined ARTBA in January 1997 after working for seven years on the personal staff of former Sen. Mark O. Hatfield (R-Ore.), who chaired the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee. In an interview with “CEO Update,” Bauer said the experience he gained working on Capitol Hill and in developing federal policy were very helpful in paving the way to a successful career in the association community.
“Dave Bauer is among the top lobbyists because he is a repository of credible information on transportation policy issues and has a keen understanding of the inner workings and needs of Congress, the executive branch, key staff and advisors,” said ARTBA Chairman Charlie Potts, the CEO of Indianapolis-based Heritage Construction and Materials. “I am pleased that association and advocacy peers in Washington, D.C., have confirmed what all of us in the transportation construction field have known for a long time: ARTBA’s team includes the industry’s top talent.”
Bauer leads all staff activities in the ARTBA government relations program, including direct lobbying, congressional testimony, grassroots initiatives, political fundraising and disbursements. He worked with the ARTBA membership to develop the association’s 72-page legislative blueprint for the scheduled 2009 highway and transit investment bill. The association’s two-part plan to expand the core surface transportation programs to protect past infrastructure investments and establish a Critical Commerce Corridors goods movement program has been endorsed by numerous national construction associations and trade publications, and is helping frame the debate on Capitol Hill.
Bauer also manages the day-to-day activities of the Transportation Construction Coalition, which ARTBA founded in 1996 and co-chairs with the Associated General Contractors of America.