House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) announced the departure of the Committee’s Deputy Staff Director, Stephen Martinko. Martinko will head the Port of Pittsburgh Commission as its Executive Director starting September 8.
In announcing the departure Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member Nick Rahall (D-WV) issued the following statements:
“Steve has been integral in many of my successes while in Congress. His combination of political, policy, and communications know-how has been a tremendous asset. Nowhere was that more appreciated than when I decided to run for the chairmanship of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
“His ability to understand and then explain complex policies to Members of Congress, staffers, and stakeholders on both sides of the aisle has helped transform the way the Committee does business. This blueprint was highlighted by the recently passed WRRDA legislation. Steve initiated an innovative marketing campaign that demonstrated the importance of one of the Committee’s top priorities.
“This is a well-earned opportunity. Steve knows what it takes to spearhead major projects and work with different constituencies to achieve results. I wish him the very best of luck.”
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Nick Rahall (D-WV) added:
“Steve is a perfect example of how working across party aisles can produce jobs for Americans by improving our infrastructure. I wish him well.”
Prior to joining the Committee, Martinko served as Shuster’s chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, and legislative director. In addition to his work as lead House negotiator on the recently enacted Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), Martinko has played an integral role in a number of major transportation initiatives including the most recent surface transportation authorization (MAP-21), pipeline safety legislation, Amtrak reauthorization and rail safety bills, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reform.