Drawing upon years of Senate and House experience, Tom Lynch provides Ice Miller Strategies’ clients with tailored representation across a number of authorizing committees in both chambers. Prior to joining Ice Miller Strategies as a principal, he was key to several of the most significant laws enacted over the last half-decade when he worked for Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.). He served as the staff director for the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee within the Environment Public Works Committee. Throughout the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) reauthorization effort, he managed drafting, negotiation and consensus-building efforts to produce the largest bill Congress enacted in the 112th Congress. The result was a $109 billion, 27-month law providing federal funding to support the U.S. highway and transit infrastructure. He also separately negotiated the federal-aid distribution provisions in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provided approximately $27 billion in highways funding and another $8.4 billion in transit funding to the states. In addition, he addressed Labor matters for Sen Baucus.
Further, due to Sen. Baucus’ role as chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Finance, which has jurisdiction for taxes, Tom was critical ensuring to the Highway Trust Fund maintained sufficient asset balances to meet annual federal spending guarantees to the states. Four times in five years, Tom led the Senate’s efforts to transfer tax receipts into the Highway Trust Fund, transferring a total of approximately $56 billion over the that period. The final transfer, occurring in 2012, provided the necessary $21.2 billion to ensure MAP-21’s enactment. Tom also played a key role in passage of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization in 2012 where funding was needed for the Airports and Airways Trust Fund, the primary funding source for airport grants.
He also worked for three years in the U.S. House of Representatives as legislative director for Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), the current ranking member on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. While working in this capacity, he covered Transportation, Tax, Environmental, Appropriations, Budget, Labor, Social Security and Medicare matters, and he handled Rep. Rahall’s interests in the House’s SAFETEA-LU effort.
In addition to the committees with which he worked, this background enabled Tom during his Hill career to develop strong working relationships with staffs to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations; the Senate Committees on the Budget, on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; and the Senate leadership. Working with Ice Miller Strategies has also provided opportunities to work with the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, the House Homeland Security Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Other relevant career experience includes serving as vice president and general counsel at the National Tank Truck Carriers and covering transportation, hazardous materials, labor, transportation security, environmental and equal employment opportunity matters; leading national and international sales efforts for a $50 million division within two publicly-traded companies; and working in all three branches of state government in Georgia. Further, as a recognized leader on transportation and economic development matters including spending priorities, taxes and funding, Tom has been a regular speaker at national conferences for years.
Tom achieved his juris doctorate from the Georgia State University College of Law and his Bachelor of Science from James Madison University. He is a member of District of Columbia Bar and is an inactive member of the Virginia Corporate Counsel Bar.