Patricia Doersch is a partner in the firm’s Transportation, Infrastructure & Local Government Public Policy Practice. She assists transportation agencies, corporations and municipal governments in achieving their goals before the federal government, with a focus on assisting automotive industry clients address federal regulatory requirements and compliance matters.
Patricia brings a wealth of experience shaping transportation policy and legislation within the federal government. She served as Majority Counsel for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Highways and Transit Subcommittee, advancing congressional priorities on highway funding, environmental streamlining and motor carrier safety. There, she crafted the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act, which created the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and substantially increased funding for truck and bus safety oversight, research and crash prevention.
While an attorney with the Federal Highway Administration, Patricia was the principal drafter of the Administration’s bill reauthorizing the US$40 billion annual federal-aid highway program.
Patricia also served as Legislative Counsel for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), advocating on behalf of 1,500 transit providers and private suppliers on Capitol Hill and at federal agencies on issues from transportation funding, finance and tax policy to wide-ranging federal grant requirements such as Buy America.
In September 2020, Patricia was appointed to the board of the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority by Governor Ralph Northam.