The TLPA’s legislative team plays a big role in advocating on behalf of our industry, and we’re wishing a happy retirement to one of the key players in that endeavor.
Ken Butler, a senior partner at Miller/Wenhold Capital Strategies, has been a long-time TLPA associate. His career began after he graduated from George Washington University in 1968, when he took a part-time job with Hugh Scott, the then-minority leader of the U.S. Senate. From there, he served in various government and advocacy positions, working as a legislative director, a lobbyist for the American Consulting Engineers Council, and the Pennsylvania executive director for the John Connally for President campaign. He later returned to D.C. and worked as a professional staff person for the Surface Transportation Subcommittee of the House Public Works and Transportation Committee.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan appointed Ken as the associate administrator for Budget and Policy to the Urban Mass Transportation Administration, now known as the Federal Transit Administration. When he left the Reagan Administration in 1987, he started a government relations and transportation consulting firm, Capital Partnerships, where he began his work with TLPA, which was his first client. His firm merged with Miller/Wenhold in 2011.
“Ken has been an outspoken advocate for private sector transportation services his entire professional life. He is one of a handful of advocates who made a huge difference in expanding public sector funded contracting opportunities for our industry. Any operator who has ever contracted to provide transportation service to a city, transit authority, or social service agency has benefited from Ken’s good work,” said TLPA CEO Alfred LaGasse. “We’ll officially thank Ken at our 99th Annual Convention & Trade Show this October in Denver.”
Ken retired today, on July 31, and he has already moved to his family farm in Columbia, Missouri, to pursue a consulting practice there. We at TLPA wish Ken well on the next chapter of his life and thank him for the years of service to members of the TLPA!