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Biography: Edward R. Hamberger
   
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 rail passengers.

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.


   

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