Executive Vice President
McBee Strategic Consulting
Sam Whitehorn joined McBee Strategic in January 2007. Sam brings over 16 years of U.S. Senate experience to the firm. During his career in the Senate he held a number of key positions on the Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation. During the 109th Congress, he served as the Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel to the full committee. As the Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel, he helped lead the Committee during the 109th Congress, addressing issues as far ranging as highway safety, consumer affairs and data privacy, corporate average fuel economy (CAFÉ), revisions of the telecommunications laws, space, oceans policy, and rail and pipeline safety.
Sam was also heavily involved in negotiations over the Safe Port Act and the highway bill. At the close of the 108th Congress, he served as the Staff Director for the Committee. Prior to that, he spent 14 years as the Senior Counsel/Staff Director to the Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee. He was the lead counsel on numerous aviation bills, including legislation that helped fund the nation’s aviation infrastructure and revamp the FAA. Following 9-11, Sam led the effort to craft the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), which revamped our nation’s aviation and transportation security system.
Sam spent 5 years working in the General Counsel’s Office at the U.S. Department of Transportation, focusing on aviation and truck safety/highway issues. He started his Washington career at the Civil Aeronautics Board challenging airline mergers, addressing slot problems at a number of major airports, drafting regulations that governed the computer reservation systems, and focusing on airport noise issues. Before moving to Washington, he completed a 6 month internship at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office – Antitrust Division. He is a graduate of the University of Denver and the University of Denver College of Law.
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