Gautreaux Starts as No. 2 at FMCSA

The country’s regulatory agency for trucks and buses has a new deputy administrator in Cathy Gautreaux.

This month, Gautreaux, formerly the executive director for the Louisiana Motor Transport Association with experience in national affairs through work with American Trucking Associations, took on the No. 2 spot at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.



She succeeded Daphne Jefferson, who retired on Nov. 3. Jefferson became deputy administrator in February 2015.

Wasting little time to spring into action, Gautreaux participated in a forum in Birmingham, Ala., shortly after kicking off her tenure on Nov. 15. The event touched on electronic logging devices and the performance safety scoring system Compliance, Safety, Accountability. Regulators indicated they gathered feedback from stakeholders at that event.

For 28 years, Gautreaux had been the executive director at the association in Louisiana. There, she was a member of several state and national committees on commercial transportation and was a registered lobbyist. She also edited the association’s newsletters and managed the staff.

In 2012, Gautreaux won American Trucking Associations’ president’s Trucking Association Executives Council leadership award. Then TAEC chairman, John Hausladen, president of the Minnesota Trucking Association, said: “Cathy has always been a strong advocate for the trucking industry and a staunch supporter of the ATA federation. My colleagues and I wish her the best and congratulate her on this much-deserved award.”