Trump nominates Martinez to head FMCSA

By Jami Jones, Land Line managing editor | 9/26/2017

Raymond Martinez, a long-time leader in a variety of government- and transportation-related roles, was nominated by President Donald Trump to head the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Tuesday.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association supports the nomination of Martinez.


“President Trump’s agenda of relieving regulatory burdens is off to a good start, and the agency is in need of strong leadership who can move this agenda forward,” OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer said.

“If confirmed, we look forward to working with him to redirect the agency’s focus to encourage and support smart safety decisions for drivers while eliminating the bureaucratic clutter that too often obscures serious safety issues. We are anxious to introduce him to some of the real safety experts – drivers who count their safe miles by the millions.”

The White House announcement of Martinez’s nomination also detailed his credentials. Currently, Martinez serves as the chairman and chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and a member of the New Jersey State Planning Commission. He manages a state agency with more than $1 billion in annual revenue and an operating budget of approximately $330 million.

Martinez brings with him a wealth of motor vehicle administration experience, having served 2000-05 as commissioner for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. During this time, Martinez also was chairman of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, administering federal funding for state and local highway safety projects. While commissioner, Martinez was also a member of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators and served as president of its Region I Board and as a member of its International Board in 2005.

Before his nomination by Gov. Chris Christie to lead the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Martinez was most recently the deputy U.S. chief of protocol and diplomatic affairs for the U.S. Department of State and the White House. He was responsible for managing five operational divisions: diplomatic affairs, foreign visits, ceremonial events, Blair House and administration.

Martinez received his bachelor of arts degree from Long Island University/C.W. Post College, in Brookville, N.Y., and is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law. He lives in Monmouth County, N.J.

Martinez’s nomination will be sent to the Senate for a confirmation hearing.

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