Port of Pittsburgh Commission names a new executive director

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WASHINGTON — Transportation policy guru Stephen Martinko, a longtime top aide to Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Bill Shuster, has been tapped to be the Port of Pittsburgh Commission’s new executive director.

As deputy chief of staff to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Mr. Martinko helped develop the Water Resources and Reform Development Act, which freed up funding for locks and dams, including some in the commission’s jurisdiction.

“Steve Martinko understands the value of the inland waterways system to Southwestern Pennsylvania and the importance of maintaining and improving the vital waterways infrastructure of this region,” said the commission’s chairwoman, Susan Baker Shipley.

Mr. Shuster, who chairs the House committee, and West Virginia Rep. Nick Rahall, the committee’s ranking Democrat, said Mr. Martinko’s work as been valuable to Congress.

“His ability to understand and then explain complex policies to members of Congress, staffers and stakeholders on the sides of the aisle has helped transform the way the committee does business,” Mr. Shuster said. “Steve knows what it takes to spearhead major projects and work with different constituencies to achieve results.”

As Mr. Shuster’s chief of staff, Mr. Martinko worked on pipeline safety legislation, rail safety bills, Amtrak funding reauthorization and Federal Emergency Management Agency reform.

Mr. Martinko replaces James McCarville, who retired in June.

More than 35 million tons of cargo travel annually through the port district’s 200 miles of waterways spanning nine counties. The commission was created in 1992 to promote commercial use and development of the inland waterways system.

Washington Bureau Chief Tracie Mauriello: tmauriello@post-gazette.com, 703-996-9292 or on Twitter @pgPoliTweets.

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