Committee votes Wednesday on FMCSA nominee

Updated Nov 8, 2017

The Senate’s Commerce Committee is scheduled Wednesday to vote on the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee for head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Raymond P. Martinez.

If the committee approves his nomination, it goes to the full Senate, where a majority vote is required to install Martinez as the next administrator of FMCSA.

In his oral testimony last week, Martinez signaled his support for the coming enforcement deadline for the agency’s electronic logging device mandate, but said he intended to speak with those opposed, most notably small business truckers, to hear their concerns about the mandate.

Martinez also filed written testimony with the Senate, revealing he was in his late 20s convicted twice for driving under the influence.

He was first arrested in September 1987 in Fairfax County, Virginia, for a DUI. His second DUI arrest was in August 1989 in Nassau County, New York. Both resulted in convictions, according to the testimony submitted to the Senate. Martinez turns 57 in December, meaning he was 26 and 28 at the time of the arrests.

Martinez testified before the Senate’s Commerce Committee last week, and he was not asked about the DUI convictions.

Since 2010, Martinez has worked as the chairman and chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Prior, he was the commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and chairman of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee in New York. He also has worked in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, as the deputy chief of staff and special counsel.