“More than 38,000 Illinois residents are employed either by railroads directly or the 137 Illinois companies that manufacture parts and provide services used by rail, earning nearly $2 billion in annual wages. When freight railroads invest billions into the rail network annually, the economic impact reverberates across our state and the country.”

Benjamin Brockschmidt serves as the executive director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s Infrastructure Council, which focuses on transportation systems and public works that are essential to sustaining the Illinois economy: roads and bridges, freight and passenger rail service, waterway shipping, airports as well as access to water and sanitary sewage treatment. He also serves as the Chamber’s vice president of policy.

Brockschmidt came to the Chamber from U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson’s office where he worked with the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and served as Rep. Johnson’s point staffer on transportation issues for the Illinois Republican Delegation. In addition, he advised local airports, transit operators, engineers, and construction companies on the best methods to adapt to federal policy. Brockschmidt graduated from Illinois State University with a dual B.S. in political science and history and he has a master’s degree in national defense and security from the U.S. Naval War College.

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