|NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD|
|Washington, D.C. 20572
July 1, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD
Contact: NMB Public Information Line--(202) 692-5050
Re: Van de Water named NMB Chairman
Washington, D.C. -- The National Mediation Board (NMB) is pleased to announce that Read Van de Water, of Warrenton, Virginia, has been named Chairman of the National Mediation Board, effective July 1, 2005. Chairman Van de Water was sworn in as a Board Member on December 11, 2003, after being nominated by President George W. Bush in September, and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on December 9, 2003.
The National Mediation Board is an independent Federal agency established by the Railway Labor Act, which governs labor-management relations of nearly 500 railroads and 100 airlines in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and the US territories. The other members of the Board are Mr. Edward J. Fitzmaurice, Jr, and Mr. Harry R. Hoglander.
Ms. Van de Water served from 2001-2003 as the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Previously she served as the legislative counsel for international trade and investment with The Business Roundtable and as legislative counsel and director of government affairs for Northwest Airlines. She also was employed on Capitol Hill as an appropriations associate and legislative assistant to Congressman Tom DeLay (Texas) from 1987-1991.
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Ms. Van de Water graduated from the University of the South (Sewanee) in 1986. She received a master's degree from The George Washington University and her J.D. from The Georgetown University Law Center.
Ms. Van de Water is married to Mark Van de Water, and they have three children. They reside in Warrenton, Virginia.
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