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The Board is authorized to have three members, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, each with a five-year term of office.


Current Members:

Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III

Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III was sworn in as the fifth chairman of the Surface Transportation Board on Aug. 13, 2009. He was nominated to the Board by President Barack Obama on July 20, 2009 for a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2013. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 7, 2009.

Chairman Elliott brings to the Board two decades of experience as an attorney including 16 years litigating in the transportation field. Since coming to the Board, Elliott has moved quickly to bring more openness to the Board. He has begun holding public oral arguments on important cases and is following through on President Obama’s push for government transparency by transforming the Board’s Web site in order to make it easier for the public to follow Board proceedings. Chairman Elliott has worked closely with Members of Congress and has met with a wide variety of stakeholders, including local elected and community leaders affected by Board decisions.

Chairman Elliott is also trying to bring more harmony to the relationship between shippers and railroads by breathing new life into the STB’s dormant arbitration system and bolstering the Board’s informal dispute resolution process.

Since 1993, Chairman Elliott served as associate general counsel to the United Transportation Union. At the UTU, he practiced before the Surface Transportation Board, where he was involved in a variety of cases. He also practiced before the National Mediation Board and the National Labor Relations Board. Earlier, Chairman Elliott worked in private practice in Cleveland and Washington, D.C. handling a variety of litigation matters.

Chairman Elliott was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1962 and grew up in Cleveland. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1985 with a degree in political science and earned a law degree from Ohio State College of Law in 1989.


Ann BegemanVice Chairman Ann D. Begeman

Ann D. Begeman was sworn in May 2, 2011, as a member of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, bringing two decades of experience in transportation policy to the Board.

Ms. Begeman has served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill for 21 years, playing a key role in the crafting of major transportation legislation, including the ICC Termination Act, which created the STB.

Immediately prior to joining the Board, Ann served as Republican Staff Director for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. She has also served as Acting Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Senator John McCain and as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Larry Pressler. Ms. Begeman has also worked in the private sector, serving as a benefits specialist for First American Bankshares, Inc. She earned a B.S. in business administration from the University of South Dakota.

Ms. Begeman was first nominated by President Obama on December 20, 2010. She was also nominated on January 5, 2011 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 14, 2011, for a term that expires Dec. 31, 2015.  She served as the Board’s Vice Chairman from May 2, 2011, to January 3, 2012.


Board Member - Vacant