The Women In Trucking Association hosted Robin Hutcheson, FMCSA deputy administrator, on a “touch a truck” visit of WIT’s traveling tractor-trailer at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. - Photo: WIT

The Women In Trucking Association hosted Robin Hutcheson, FMCSA deputy administrator, on a “touch a truck” visit of WIT’s traveling tractor-trailer at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

Photo: WIT

President Biden announced his intent to nominate Robin Hutcheson as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator’s next administrator.

Hutcheson has been serving as deputy and acting administrator of the FMCSA since January.

"Her continued leadership comes at a critical time for the agency, as the pandemic, natural disasters, workforce shortages, and other factors continue to challenge the freight economy in ways never seen before," American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear said in an emailed statement.

OOIDA President Todd Spencer says Hutcheson has demonstrated a “genuine appreciation for the work of our members and an eagerness to help address some of the issues that are most important to them.” OOIDA is a national organization representing professional truck drivers.

“We look forward to working with her as administrator to promote our shared goals of supporting the men and women who make their living behind the wheel of a heavy vehicle while improving highway safety for all road users,” he said in an emailed statement. “We encourage the Senate to approve Ms. Hutcheson’s nomination without delay.”

Hutcheson was previously appointed as the deputy assistant secretary for safety policy for the Department of Transportation, where she led the development of the National Roadway Safety Strategy and was instrumental in the development of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, White House officials said in a press release.

Prior to being appointed to the Biden-Harris Administration, Hutcheson was the director of public works for the City of Minneapolis, overseeing a team of 1,100 people across nine divisions including transportation function and fleet management. Prior to her appointment in Minneapolis, she served as the transportation director for Salt Lake City, Utah, working to improve all modes of transportation.

Hutcheson also has served as a transportation consultant, and has worked throughout the western United States, and in Europe. Hutcheson served for seven years on the Board of Directors for the National Association of City Transportation Officials, most recently serving as its president.

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