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The Board is authorized to have five members, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, each with a five-year term of office.

Current Members:

Ann BegemanChairman Ann D. Begeman

Ann Begeman was designated Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board by President Donald J. Trump, on March 19, 2018. Ann had been Acting Chairman since January 23, 2017. She is serving her second, five-year term as a Member of the Board following her nomination by President Barack Obama on December 7, 2016, and her unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate on December 9, 2016. Ms. Begeman first joined the Board on May 2, 2011, bringing over 20 years of transportation policy experience to the agency. Her current term expires December 31, 2020.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Begeman held Senate staff positions on Capitol Hill, playing a key role in the crafting of major transportation legislation, including the ICC Termination Act, which sunset the Interstate Commerce Commission and created the STB. She served as the Republican Staff Director for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation under the leadership of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and as the Committee's Deputy Staff Director and Transportation Policy Advisor under the leadership of U.S. Senator John McCain.

Ms. Begeman has also served as Legislative Director and Acting Chief of Staff for Senator John McCain. She first began working on transportation policy as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Larry Pressler. She also worked in the private sector, serving as a benefits specialist for First American Bankshares, Inc.

In carrying out her duties as Chairman, Ann is committed to working with her Board Member colleagues and Board staff to help make the agency more accountable, transparent, and timely. Since joining the Board, Ann has served as the Board's Vice Chairman from May 2, 2011, to January 3, 2012; from January 4, 2013, to May 27, 2014; and from January 1, 2015, to January 7, 2016. She has also served as Co-Chair of the National Grain Car Council for 2011, 2013, and 2015.

Ann is a native of Humboldt, South Dakota. She earned a B.S. in business administration from the University of South Dakota.

Vice Chairman - Deb Miller

Deb Miller was sworn in on April 28, 2014, as a Member of the Board for a term of office expiring on December 31, 2017, following her September 25, 2013, nomination to the Board by President Obama and her confirmation by the United States Senate on April 9, 2014. She was designated Vice Chairman (May 27, 2014-December 31, 2014); served as Acting Chairman (January 1, 2015-June 26, 2015); and was again designated Vice Chairman on January 7, 2016, in the agency’s annual rotation of the Vice Chairmanship.

Commissioner Miller, a Democrat from Kansas, serves the seat formerly held by Francis P. Mulvey, whose term expired. She is the Board’s 12th Member since the agency’s inception in 1996.

Ms. Miller most recently served as a Senior Consultant with Cambridge Systematics, Inc., a firm specializing in transportation planning and policy, primarily for public-sector clients. From 2003 to 2011, she was the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation (Kansas DOT), a term of office marked by her distinguished service for three successive Governors of Kansas. She has the distinction of being the longest-serving Secretary of Transportation in Kansas history.

Prior to serving as Secretary of the Kansas DOT, Ms. Miller was a consultant at HNTB, a national architecture, engineering, and planning firm. In that position, she provided strategic planning and public-communications assistance to state departments of transportation and municipalities. She also has served as the Director of the Kansas DOT’s Division of Planning and Development, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation, and as a Policy Assistant to the Governor of Kansas.

Ms. Miller has been active with the Transportation Research Board (TRB), a division of the National Research Council that is the principal operating agency of the National Academies of Sciences, and was a member of the TRB’s Executive Committee for five years, including a year serving as Chair. She also has been active with the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials, where she headed numerous task forces and workgroups and served for nine years as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Planning. She also served on the Eno Foundation’s Board of Advisors.

Ms. Miller graduated magna cum laude from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Sociology.