Federal Update
OOIDA: Ten years in D.C.

By Land Line staff

In February 2004, OOIDA established its presence in the nation’s capital with its first office, located a block away from the U.S. Capitol on the Senate side.

The Association’s first full-time, D.C.-based lobbyist was Rod Nofziger, the son of an Indiana truck driver. He already had valuable experience on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he assisted with legislation that affected trucking and other transportation industries.

As the D.C. staff grew, Nofziger was named OOIDA’s director of government affairs. And for years he represented America’s professional drivers from the Association’s office on C Street.

About four years ago, the office moved to the Capitol Riverfront across the street from the U.S. Department of Transportation and within walking distance of the U.S. Capitol, House of Representatives’ side.

In the summer of 2011, Nofziger joined the executive staff at OOIDA headquarters in Missouri, and now serves as OOIDA’s chief operating officer.

Currently heading up the activities at the D.C. office is Ryan Bowley, who was named director of government affairs in June of 2013. Bowley has an extensive background working in the national transportation arena and interacting with federal agencies, policymakers and lawmakers. He has worked closely with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, including policy work in improving goods movement, prioritizing federal investment on the interstates and major freight corridors, and addressing the challenges within FMCSA’s CSA system. 

With Bowley at the helm, the Association’s lobbying staff in the D.C. office is currently a small but effective crew that includes Ben Siegrist, director of legislative affairs, and assistant Breahna Blakely. Regular visits from OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer and others provide extensive support from the OOIDA staff.

OOIDA is one of hundreds of representative groups vying for the attention of lawmakers and candidates. Despite that, in recent years OOIDA’s Washington office staff has made great progress in reaching out to members of Congress and their staffs, educating them on the needs of professional truckers and securing their support. LL 

Editor’s note: OOIDA’s Director of Security Operations Doug Morris also works out of the D.C. office.