The US Senate has unanimously confirmed Robin Hutcheson as the seventh administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Hutcheson served as the agency’s administrator since replacing FMCSA Acting Administrator Mira Joshi, who left in January pending official confirmation. Hutcheson’s nomination was approved by the Senate Commerce Committee in June.
Hutcheson is the first FMCSA administrator confirmed by the Senate since Ray Martinez, who left the agency in October 2019.
“At a time when our supply chains are being tested to their limits, I believe her public and private experience, as well as her experience at both the local and federal levels, will bring a unique perspective to the role and improve the safety of our transportation networks ,” said committee member Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., in support of Hutcheson’s nomination Thursday.
Hutcheson previously served as deputy assistant secretary for security policy at the US Department of Transportation in the Biden administration. She led the development of the National Road Safety Strategy, which DOT appeared earlier this year“and helped secure $13 billion in additional funding for safety programs and initiatives” in the infrastructure bill passed last year, according to FMCSA.
Prior to the Biden administration, Hutcheson was director of public works in Minneapolis and director of transportation in Salt Lake City. Before joining the civil service, she was a private consultant.
“She has been open to engaging with our industry and we look forward to continuing our ongoing frank dialogue about these issues and working with her and her agency to implement solutions, whether it’s security issues, ongoing supply chain challenges or workforce development. that support the safety and efficiency of trucking and the entire supply chain,” commented Chris Speer, President and CEO of the American Trucking Association.
At the hearing on her nomination in JuneHutcheson briefed lawmakers on several FMCSA regulations and upcoming proposed regulations, including mandatory guidelines for hair drug testing in trucking.