Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Saturday, May 18, 2019

2011 alumnus Fuchs named to federal transportation board

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The U.S. Senate recently confirmed Patrick Fuchs (MPA ’11) to serve a five-year term as a member of the Surface Transportation Board. Previously, Fuchs was a senior professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

The Surface Transportation Board is the federal regulatory agency that oversees the economic regulation of rail and certain pipeline, trucking, and maritime matters.

Fuchs began his federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. His fellowship included a foreign service rotation with the U.S. Department of State within the Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, where he received the Meritorious Honor Award for “extraordinary contributions to substantive economic analysis and to Embassy outreach, visibility, and credibility.”

While working for the U.S. Senate, Fuchs played an integral role in the development and enactment of major railroad legislation, including the first reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board since its creation in 1996 and the first passenger rail reauthorization in over seven years. He also worked on legislation to improve rail project delivery, rail financing, and hazardous materials safety, all of which were enacted as part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. In addition, Fuchs helped develop and enact the first reauthorization of the National Transportation Safety Board in over a decade as well as legislation to increase safety by addressing opioid abuse in transportation.

Originally from the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield, Fuchs participated in the La Follette School’s Accelerated Program for select University of Wisconsin–Madison undergraduate students. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science in 2010.

Fuchs generously gives back to the La Follette School, speaking with students about his career path, including participation in the 2016 La Follette in DC career exploration program. At the La Follette School, Fuchs received the Director’s Achievement Award, which recognizes graduating students with outstanding academic records, including-point average and evidence of being an outstanding public policy thinker and communicator.