“In my former role as Maryland’s Transportation Secretary, I saw firsthand the impact of freight rail on Maryland’s economic success, including the productivity of our great ports. Railroads are not only economic catalysts, they are better for the air and drivers – taking thousands of trucks off our roads.”

Bob Flanagan serves Ellicott City as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates. He also served in the House from 1987 to 2003 representing Montgomery and Howard Counties. He is a member of the Environment and Transportation Committee, the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative review (AELR), and the Regional Revitalization Work Group.

Flanagan is the former Maryland Secretary of Transportation. He owns his own law firm and was Senior Vice-President at First Southwest Company, helping to advise developing public-private partnerships to build or improve transportation infrastructure. Born in Burlington, Vermont, he served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and received a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Cornell University Law School.

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