THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES WAYNE O. BURKES TO SERVE AS MEMBER OF THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD
The President today announced his intent to nominate Wayne O. Burkes to serve as Member of the Surface Transportation Board.
Mr. Wayne O. Burkes, of Jackson, Mississippi, has served as Central District Commissioner for the Mississippi Department of Transportation since 1989. He served in the Mississippi Legislature, four years in the House of Representatives and ten years in the Senate and served on the Highways and Transportation Committees for all 14 years. Mr. Burkes served in the U.S. Air Force and the Mississippi Air National Guard for 38 years, reaching the level of Major General from 1986 until his retirement in 1989.
Mr. Burkes received his B.S., M. Ed., and LL.D. degrees from Mississippi College and a M. Div. Degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
The Surface Transportation Board (STB), a bipartisan board, was created in 1995 and began its existence in January 1996 as the successor to the former Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), with curtailed regulatory powers focused primarily on the railroad industry.