As President and CEO of the Association of American Railroads (AAR),
Edward R. Hamberger manages the world’s leading policy, research
and technology organization focusing on the safety and productivity
of rail carriers. AAR represents the freight railroads of the United
States, Canada and Mexico, plus Amtrak. U.S. members haul 93 percent
of the nation’s rail freight, and 100 percent of its inter-city
Selected by Washingtonian magazine in 1999 and The Hill newspaper
in 2002 as one of the top association leaders in the nation’s
Capital, Mr. Hamberger brings to the AAR more than 25 years of experience
in transportation public policy through his work in both the executive
and legislative branches of government, and his career as an attorney.
Prior to joining the AAR in July 1998, Mr. Hamberger was a managing
partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman
& Caldwell in Washington, D.C., one of the most respected law
firms in the country. He came to the firm in 1989 after having served
as Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs at the Department
of Transportation, where he implemented the Reagan Administration’s
legislative strategy on transportation issues.
Mr. Hamberger began his career in transportation in 1977 as General
Counsel of the National Transportation Policy Study Commission,
a presidential advisory committee that made far-reaching recommendations
to improve all modes of transportation. He also served as Special
Counsel to the Chairman of the Commission, Congressman Bud Shuster.
In 1985, he was appointed as a member of the Private Sector Advisory
Panel on Infrastructure Financing and in 1994 served as a member
of the Presidential Commission on Intermodal Transportation.
From 1970-77, Mr. Hamberger worked on Capitol Hill in a variety
of positions with Senator Hugh Scott, then the Republican leader
in the U.S. Senate, serving as his last Chief of Staff. He later
complemented his Senate service with a two-year stint as Staff Director
of the House Republican Policy Committee.
Mr. Hamberger received his Juris Doctor, and both a Master of Science
and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
He and his wife Susan have three children.