After absorbing an opinion study by pollster Neil Newhouse, Graves said he "understands why Congress has been so confused" on highway infrastructure, "but they have to make the best decision they can on how to solve a problem, even if it might not be popular."
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Duane Long, the new ATA chairman from North Carolina, said he will travel the country as did his predecessor, Philip Byrd Sr., to get the word out on trucking's attributes and contributions to the nation's economy, as well as its preferences on key political issues.
In addition to Long replacing Byrd in the chairman's slot, Pat Thomas of UPS Inc. was elevated to first vice chairman of ATA. Kevin Burch of Jet Express in Dayton, Ohio, rises to second vice chairman.
Barry Pottle of Maine and Dave Manning of Tennessee will be vice chairmen.
Graves, president of ATA since January 2003, will remain with the federation at least through the end of 2016.
By Jonathan S. Reiskin
Associate News Editor - Transport Topics
Source: Transport Topics