Elliott, Dan; Dan Elliott; Elliott; STB; STB Chairman


The Senate on June 22 easily confirmed the nomination of Daniel Elliott for a reappointment on the Surface Transportation Board.

Elliott’s nomination was confirmed by voice vote. During his confirmation hearing, Elliott said he would ensure the board continues “to facilitate the resolution of service issues so that interstate commerce flows as smoothly and efficiently as possible in support of the U.S. economy.”

Elliott was a lawyer with the United Transportation Union. He was the board’s chairman from 2009 until December, when his term expired.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Surface Transportation Board member Charles “Chip” Nottingham said he will not seek reappointment when his term expires Dec. 31.

Under federal law, STB members may continue serving for up to 12 months after expiration of their term, or until a successor is nominated by the White House and confirmed by the Senate.

President Obama has not announced a nominee to succeed Nottingham, the lone Republican on the three-person STB.

The agency’s rail regulatory functions include approving mergers, line sales, line leases, line abandonments and imposition of labor protective conditions.

The other two members of the STB are Chairman Dan Elliott and Vice Chairman Frank Mulvey, both Democrats. Elliott was appointed chairman to succeed Nottingham in that post following Obama’s becoming president.