Gregory M. Cohen has joined the American Highway Users Alliance as the vice president, policy and government affairs. He assumed the position on July 8.
"Greg Cohen will help to shape our priorities and strategy for the reauthorization of the federal highway bill and other important legislative issues," said William D. Fay, Highway Users president and CEO. "His knowledge of highway legislation will be a key asset for us and our members."
At the present time, Cohen is the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee expert on highway engineering and environmental policy, where he has been instrumental in ensuring continued support for the highway funding levels established by the U.S. Congress through enactment of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21). Cohen has served under the leadership of Committee Chairman Rep. Don Young (R-AK) since 2001, Rep. Bud Shuster (R-PA) in 2000, and for Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Chairman Rep. Thomas Petri (R-WI).
"Greg has worked for some of the most well-respected and knowledgeable legislators in the U.S. Congress," Fay said. "With Greg on our staff, we look forward to working on reauthorization with Chairman Young, who clearly understands and appreciates the importance of highways to our economy and our way of life."
This year Cohen has helped to ensure overwhelming support in the House of Representatives for the Highway Funding Restoration Act, restoring billions of dollars in highway funding proposed to be cut in FY2003. In previous years, he has worked to protect the revenue stream into the Highway Trust Fund from proposals to reduce or eliminate motor fuels taxes.
Cohen also has been involved in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s oversight of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). He played a pivotal role in developing preliminary committee policy for reauthorizing the highway program in 2003.
Prior to serving on Capitol Hill, Cohen served five years with the Maryland Department of Transportation as a project engineer for the State Highway Administration. As a licensed professional engineer, he developed preliminary engineering plans and environmental documentation for numerous major highway projects and worked closely with neighborhood associations and business groups to negotiate improvements to road plans prior to detailed design, right of way acquisition and construction.
The American Highway Users Alliance represents motorists, truckers and a broad cross-section of businesses that depend on safe and efficient highways to transport their families, customers, employees and products. Highway Users members pay the bulk of the taxes that finance the federal highway program and advocate public policies that dedicate those taxes to improved highway safety and mobility.
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