Labor Attorney Elliott Named to Head STB

The Obama Administration has once again turned to rail labor when picking the head of a key railroad governing agency.

This week, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Daniel R. Elliott, III, who has been an Associate General Counsel of the United Transportation Union since 1993, as chairman of the Surface Transportation Board.  While with the UTU, he has represented the union in numerous proceedings before the STB, as well as the National Mediation Board, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Department of Labor.  He has also handled litigation for the union in the federal courts in a wide variety of cases.

Elliott earned his law degree from Ohio State College of Law in 1989 and his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Michigan in 1985.

Earlier this year, President Obama picked Joseph C. Szabo, the Illinois State Legislative Director for the United Transportation Union, as Federal Railroad Administrator.