About STB > Past Board Members
Acting Chairman, Vice Chairman and Commissioner
Francis P. Mulvey
Dr. Mulvey was nominated to the agency as a Commissioner by President George W. Bush on November 17, 2003, and was confirmed by the Senate on May 21, 2004, for a term of office ending December 31, 2007. President Bush nominated him to a second term as a Commissioner on November 30, 2007, and he was confirmed by the Senate on December 19, 2007, for a term ending December 31, 2012. Dr. Mulvey was designated the Board’s Acting Chairman on March 12, 2009, by President Barack Obama, and he served in that capacity until August 13, 2009. He most recently served as the Board's Vice Chairman from January 4, 2012 to January 3, 2013. He also oversees the Board’s review of the agency’s Uniform Rail Costing System.
Prior to joining the Board, Dr. Mulvey was Staff Director, Railroad Subcommittee, and Staff Director, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, for the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. In those positions, he was responsible for all railroad legislative matters for the Ranking Democratic Member of the Committee and served as advisor to the Ranking Member on overall transportation-policy issues.
Other positions he has held were Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Rail, Transit, and Special Programs, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Transportation; Assistant Director for Social Security and Pension Issues at the U.S. General Accounting Office (now the Government Accountability Office); Assistant Director for Competition, Economic and Regulatory Analyses in the Transportation Issues Area, U.S. GAO; Director of Economic Research for the New York State Legislative Commission on Solid Waste Management; Programs Manager, National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board; and Vice President for Research at the American Bus Association.
Additionally, he served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the R. H. Smith School of Business Administration at the University of Maryland for nearly a decade before joining the Board. He also taught economics and statistics at Northeastern University, Wheaton College and Bowling Green State University.The Commissioner holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University (1974); a B.S. in Economics from New York University (1966); and an M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley (1968). He and his wife, Petra, live in Maryland. They have one son, Conor, who resides in Silver Spring, MD.