Public Transportation

Identifying Elected Officials

Elected Officials:

When creating a list of your federal, state and local elected officials, include:

  • U.S. Senators
  • U.S. Representative(s)
  • State legislators
  • Governor
  • Mayor
  • Members of the city or town council

Appointed Officials: We also recommend compiling a list of all appointed officials who have direct and indirect influence over transportation and transportation-related issues. It may be important to share information with these individuals and to solicit their support, even on issues that are not within their authority. As high-ranking public officials, they have the ability to influence political decisions. They can also help communicate important messages to other government officials, the media and the public.

These positions include:

  • U.S. Secretary of Transportation and relevant assistant secretaries (at the federal level)
  • Heads of the state department of transportation and other relevant state agencies such as economic development, budget, energy, social services, etc. (at the state level)
  • Head of local planning commission or other relevant office (at the local level)
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