Senate confirms three as Federal Maritime Commissioners

New to FMC: Former Republican Congressman Daniel B. Maffei New to FMC: Former Republican Congressman Daniel B. Maffei

JULY 1, 2016  —The United States Senate has confirmed the nominations of three individuals to serve as Federal Maritime Commissioners.

Rebecca F. Dye and Michael A. Khouri, both of whom currently serve as Commissioners, were renominated by the President to serve in terms that will last until 2020 and 2021. Daniel B. Maffei is new to the Commission and will serve a term that expires in 2017.

"The shipping industry is going through a period of significant change that dictates our close attention," said Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero. "As a body, we are going to have as much work to do as ever before, and I am grateful we have a full complement of Commissioners."

Dye has worked on maritime policy issues throughout her career, beginning with her service in the United States Coast Guard. She subsequently held senior positions in the Maritime Administration, and on the former House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, as well as the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.

Khouri has broad experience in the maritime industry including service on marine vessels from deck crew to Pilot and Captain; and, shoreside assignments in law, administration, marine operations, and general management.

Maffei, a native of Upstate New York, served two non-consecutive terms in the United States House of Representatives. His professional experience prior to being a Member of Congress includes working as a journalist and a Congressional aide. He replaces Richard Lidinsky, who became a Commissioner in 2009.

"As a former Congressman, Dan Maffei brings a unique perspective to Federal Maritime Commission. I am looking forward to officially welcoming him aboard and working with him to serve the interests of the American shipping public," noted Cordero. "His predecessor, Richard A. Lidinsky, has had a long career in ports and shipping. I hope that he found his experience as a Commissioner and Chairman of the Commission to be rewarding and gratifying. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

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