Barack Obama has designated
Mario Cordero as the Chairman of the Federal
Maritime Commission. Mario Cordero joined
the Commission as a Commissioner on June 3, 2011,
having been nominated by President Obama on
September 17, 2010, and confirmed by the Senate on
April 14, 2011.
Prior to his appointment to the FMC, Chairman
Cordero was an attorney in private practice and
served eight years on the Board of Harbor
Commissioners for the Port of Long Beach. Among the
Portís successful initiatives was the cutting edge
Green Port Policy later to be nationally recognized.
In addition, he also served as an adjunct professor
of Political Science at Long Beach City College.
taking on the new role, Mr. Cordero shared,"I am
greatly honored that the President has named me
Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. I would
also like to thank him for that honor, as well as my
predecessor, Richard Lidinsky, both for his past
leadership and his continuing dedication to the
Commission. I look forward to continuing to work
with my fellow Commissioners and the agencyís
remarkable staff to accomplish the Commissionís
important responsibility to the Nation: fostering a
fair, efficient and reliable international ocean
transportation system and to protect the public from
unfair and deceptive practices."
Commissioner Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr., said, "I
am very pleased that the President has designated my
colleague, Commissioner Mario Cordero of Long Beach,
California, who joined the FMC in June 2011, as our
next Chairman, and I look forward as a Commissioner
to continue working with him on these
responsibilities and new challenges during the
Presidentís second term."
Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye stated, "I am
pleased that President Obama has named Mario Cordero
as Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. We
have enjoyed a positive and professional working
relationship during the past several years, and I
look forward to serving with him, my Commission
colleagues, and our capable staff."
Commissioner Michael A. Khouri said, "I
congratulate Chairman Cordero on his appointment by
President Obama. I have enjoyed a warm and collegial
relationship with him since he joined the Commission
in 2011 and I look forward to continuing that
relationship with his new role as Chairman."
Commissioner William P. Doyle stated, "I look
forward to working with the new FMC Chairman Mario
Cordero, who is the Commissionís first Latino
Commissioner and the first Latino Chairman. His
background and experience will certainly help the
Commission continue to move forward with U.S.
initiatives, to include increasing exports, while
also providing a unique perspective on international
developments, such as the Panama Canal expansion
project and Latin American trade. In 2012, U.S.
merchandise exports to countries with which the
United States has a trade agreement outpaced other
markets nearly two to one. Notably, this included
exports to Panama, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia,
Peru, and Mexico. Again, I look forward to serving
with Chairman Cordero."
The Federal Maritime Commission is the federal
agency responsible for regulating the nationís
international ocean transportation for the benefit
of exporters, importers, and the American consumer.
The FMCís mission is to foster a fair, efficient,
and reliable international ocean transportation
system while protecting the public from unfair and