Rail carrier groups recommend nominee for RRB

Published: September 10, 2018

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), recommended Thomas Jayne, a senior general attorney with BNSF Railway, to President Donald Trump for nomination to serve as the industry representative on the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB).

Jayne, if confirmed, would replace Steven J. Anthony, whose term is expiring.

Jayne has been with BNSF since 2011 and prior to that worked with Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis, Mo., on transportation-related cases, among others.

“He enjoys the confidence and full support of the railroad employers who will be affected by his appointment,” AAR President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger and ASLRRA’s Judy Petry said in their letter of recommendation to Trump.

The three-member RRB administers retirement and disability benefits for railroad workers and their families. The board is appointed by the president of the United States, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The president appoints one member upon the recommendation of railroad employers, another upon the recommendation of railroad labor organizations and the third, the chairman, to represent the public interest. The board members serve five-year terms.

In mid-August, Trump nominated Erhard Chorle, a Chicago attorney, as RRB chairman.