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May 20, 2015 12:00 PM, EDT

Daniel Elliott Approved by Senate Panel as Surface Transportation Board Nominee

WASHINGTON — The Senate Commerce Committee on May 20 easily approved the nomination of Daniel Elliott for a reappointment on the Surface Transportation Board. The nomination now moves to the full Senate, where consideration is expected after the Memorial Day holiday recess.

Bloomberg News

Elliott, the board's chairman from 2009 until last year, said that if confirmed he would ensure the board continues “to facilitate the resolution of service issues so that interstate commerce flows as smoothly and efficiently as possible in support of the U.S. economy.”

The three-member governing board that Congress charged with resolving service and rates disputes in the freight rail industry oversees an agency of more than 100 employees. The board is affiliated with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Elliott’s term expired last year. The Senate did not act on his nomination after his term was up, so President Obama renominated him. 

A former union lawyer, Elliott earned a bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Ohio State College of Law.