Paul Schlesinger, Partner, is a specialist on transportation and public infrastructure issues. He has served Congress as a Committee Staff Director, a Sub-committee staff member and Legislative Assistant and Legislative Director for a senior Member of the House of Representatives. Today, he applies the knowledge and experience he gained on the Hill to assist a variety of clients who can benefit from his understanding of the Congressional process and inner workings of a variety of Federal agencies.
After four years on the legislative staff of a Member of Congress, Mr. Schlesinger was appointed to the House Surface Transportation Subcommittee staff and then became Staff Director of the full Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a total period of ten years. During his service in Congress, he worked on several major pieces of legislation, including landmark legislation that increased the Federal gasoline tax to support infrastructure funding.
Mr. Schlesinger has also worked on legislation affecting highways, public transit, clean air and clean water, flood control, ecosystem restoration, harbor development, navigation improve¬ments, Superfund, wetlands, coastal pollution, shoreline protection, regulation of the trucking, aviation and pipeline industries and Federal buildings and grounds. The Committee with which he served currently has jurisdiction over railroad and maritime issues as well.
Since joining Alcalde & Fay, Mr. Schlesinger has become Chair of the Firm’s Public Client team. The agencies he worked with on the Hill, and/or continues to work closely with today, include: The Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Economic Development Administration, Surface Transportation Board, General Services Administration, and National Transportation Safety Board. Of course in his years lobbying on behalf of a wide range of clients, Mr. Schlesinger has gained expertise and many contacts relating to programs under the administration of HUD, HHS, Interior and other agencies.
Mr. Schlesinger received a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and continued his studies in the University's Graduate Program in Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration.