“The rail lines that extend from Wilmington down through the Delmarva Peninsula help power the Delaware economy. Rail-served businesses, like those in our thriving poultry industry, depend on efficient lines to keep them connected and competitive.”

John Shwed is serving in his 19th year as the Mayor of the Town of Laurel, Delaware. He is a retired Technical Group Manager with 27.5 years of service at DuPont’s Seaford, Delaware Nylon Plant and the startup CEO of the Delaware Manufacturing Alliance, a non-profit created to provide business and technical assistance to Delaware’s small and medium sized manufacturers during the Carper Administration. He served 15 years on the Laurel, Delaware Board of Education and is a past Lions International District Governor for the State of Delaware.

Mayor Shwed has a B.S. in Physics from the University of Scranton. He served as an Air Defense Artillery Officer in the U.S Army Reserve and is a longtime advocate for our Nation’s railroads.

“Businesses large and small in the Southern Tier utilize efficient freight rail connections to reach markets across the U.S. and beyond. As we continue to grow our local economy, I am confident freight rail will be a strong partner—investing in the infrastructure that helps moves us.”

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2004. She serves as Chair of the Agriculture Committee and is a member of the Transportation Committee. Prior to her election to the Assembly she served in several capacities, including as a member of the Broome County Legislature, a community mental health educator, and a faculty member at Binghamton University.

Originally from Staten Island, Lupardo graduated from Wagner College. She moved to the Southern Tier region in 1976 to attend graduate school and State University of New York at Binghamton earning a master’s degree.


“A high-functioning freight rail system helps drive the Minnesota economy by connecting business and producers, like those in our agricultural, industrial, forestry and mining sectors. Locally you can experience the impact of trains in decreased congestion and fewer emissions from trucking.”

Commissioner Schulte has served on the Anoka County Board of Commissioners since 2013. He is the current Board Chair, Chairman of the Transportation Committee and Vice Chairman of the Regional Railroad Authority. He is a past president of the Association of Minnesota Counties and served on the Coon Rapids City Council for 12 years as mayor pro tem and councilman at large. Commissioner Schulte owns and operates Hi Ten Service, a successful second generation 63-year-old family run “old fashioned service station.”




“Our railroad connections are crucial to Ascension Parish. Not only do they support our rail-served industries and local chemical plants and refining operations, they support passenger rail access—taking trucks off roadways and providing safe and efficient transportation options for the Baton Rouge-New Orleans Corridor.”

Kathy Edmonston took her seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives representing District 88 on January 13, 2020. She serves on the Transportation, Highways and Public Works committee, among several others. Prior to running for the Louisiana House, she served on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education from 2016 to 2020. Edmonston is a longtime parent facilitator for the Ascension Parish school system. She holds a B.A. in English from Louisiana State University.

“Rail connections are an economic catalyst for Weld County and across the state. When private railroads invest into the infrastructure that moves Colorado industries, that benefits all of us.”

Steve Moreno is a 30+ year Weld County resident, who has worked for Weld County since 1985. Moreno was elected as an at-large commissioner in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. Moreno currently acts as the Chair of the Board of Commissioners, and serves on the Upstate Colorado Economic Development Board, Greeley Downtown Development Board, Small Business Development Center Board, Highway 85 Coalition, Highway 34 Coalition, I-25 Coalition, Greeley-Weld County Airport Authority Board and the United Way of Weld County Board of Directors.

Additionally, Moreno sits on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Elected Officials (Election Center). Before being elected as a commissioner, Moreno was sworn in as the 28th Weld County Clerk and Recorder, in which he served three terms from 2003-2014. He also served as Chief Deputy and Deputy Clerk for the Weld County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. Before coming to Weld County, Commissioner Moreno served as Deputy Clerk for Otero County, Colorado.

Commissioner Moreno attended Otero Junior College and the University of Southern Colorado and is a member of the St. Peters Catholic Church. He has been married to his wife Joyce for 38 years, and together they have two children.

“Freight railroads are a boon for Wisconsin communities not only because they spend massively on essential rail infrastructure, but also because they help take trucks off our underfunded and overburdened roadways.”

Daniel Fedderly is a registered professional engineer with the State of Wisconsin, as well as a professional land surveyor. He has close to 30 years of experience working with Wisconsin county highway departments, including working for the Dunn County Highway Department as an engineer, as well as the St. Croix County Highway Department, where he served as highway commissioner from 1990 to 2003.

Since 2003, Fedderly has provided consultant services to various communities as well as Executive Director services through contract for the Wisconsin County Highway Association.


“New York ‘s freight rail connections power economic development across the state, from farms to factories and all the jobs supported in between.”

Ryan Silva has served as Executive Director of the New York State Economic Development Council since August 2017, working with its 900 members across New York State to improve the economic climate and quality of life in New York State. Prior to joining the NYSEDC, Silva served as Director of Government Relations in the Office of the President at the University at Albany. He also served as Vice President of Regional Economic Development for Empire State Development (ESD) and Deputy Director of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiative.

Silva began his professional career at the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce in Troy, New York, serving as Membership Director and Director of Economic Development and Government Affairs. He graduated from The College of Saint Rose with a B.A. in public communications. He resides in East Greenbush, N.Y., with his wife, Sandra, and their three children.


“Freight railroads serve the Port of Wilmington, reliably and efficiently connecting our businesses and relieving congestion across the state. They’ll be even more important in the future as we need to move more freight and do it in an environmentally responsible way.”

Sen. Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman represents communities in the central and west Wilmington areas, one of the most diverse and densely populated districts in Delaware. Raised in Wilmington’s Cool Spring neighborhood, she entered community service through Public Allies Delaware. She later served as vice chair of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission and director of the Parent Advisory Council on Education (PACE) initiative at the Christina Cultural Arts Center.

Sen. Lockman was elected by the Senate Democratic Caucus in December of 2020 as Majority Whip. Sen. Lockman is chair of the Transportation and Rules & Ethics Committees, vice chair of the Senate Education Committee, and serves on the Executive Committee. She also serves as co-chair of the Redding Consortium for Education Equity, which is developing ways the Delaware Department of Education and the General Assembly can improve outcomes for students in Wilmington and Northern New Castle County.

“Transportation and freight rail in particular are key components of our vital infrastructure supporting all Coloradoans. Freight rail is the most economical long haul component of our transportation and is key to our economic vitality including in particular the energy sector and agricultural.”

Andres “Andy” Pico was elected to the State House of Representatives in 2020, representing House District 16 in north central Colorado Springs. He serves on the Transportation and Local Affairs committee, and the Energy and Environment Committee.

A retired naval flight officer, Pico completed 21 years of active duty. After retiring from the Navy, Pico worked as a defense contractor for more than 16 years. Pico served two terms as the District-6 representative on Colorado Springs City Council, on the Board of Directors for Colorado Springs Utilities, including as the past Vice-Chair and Chair; and on the Board of Directors for Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments and the past Vice-Chair and Chair.

Pico received a Bachelor of Business Administration with emphasis on transportation and public utilities from the University of Arizona, as well as master’s degrees from Salve Regina University in international relations and the Naval War College, College of Naval Command and Staff, in national security affairs and strategic studies.

“Freight rail is a fundamental part of the Illinois economy, from Chicago, the nation’s preeminent rail hub, to the 52 different railroads that connect businesses and industry across the state and country. Efficient rail connections fueled by private investments are a development catalyst.”

Clark Kaericher serves as Vice President of Government Affairs and Executive Director of Technology and Infrastructure at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. He was previously Senate Republican staff and Chief Administrative Officer at the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT). Prior to DoIT, Clark served two years as the District 9 administrative services manager at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

He has managed multiple state senate campaigns and worked in significant roles on gubernatorial and congressional races. Clark earned a Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2010, and a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business in 2007. He lives in Chatham with his wife, two daughters and their dog.