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Chairman

Michael A. Khouri

Chief of Staff: Mary T. Hoang Counsel: John A. Moran Senior Advisor – Legislative/Public Affairs: John K. DeCrosta
Contact Information
Phone: 202-523-5911 Email: mkhouri@fmc.gov

Biography:

Michael A. Khouri of Kentucky was designated by President Trump as Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission on March 7, 2019. He had previously served as Acting Chairman from January 23, 2017. He was first nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2009, was re-nominated and confirmed for a full five year term in November, 2011, and was re-nominated and confirmed for his current term in June, 2016.

Chairman Khouri is a forty-eight year veteran in the maritime industry from positions held in marine vessel operations, legal and executive positions. He also served on the boards of directors at the Waterways Council, Inc. and the American Waterways Operators Association.

Mr. Khouri began his career as a deck crewman for Paducah, KY-based Crounse Corp., where he worked up in rank with service in the engine room and then into the wheelhouse as Pilot and Captain, earning his U.S. Merchant Marine Officer’s License as Master and First Class Pilot on Steam and Motor Vessels. He then served for twenty-three years with American Commercial Lines, the largest U.S. inland marine company, holding executive positions including General Counsel & Secretary, Senior Vice President for Law & Corporate Affairs, and Senior Vice President for Transportation Services-marine operations. Mr. Khouri then joined MERS/Economy Boat, serving as President & COO before moving home to Louisville to join the law firm of Pedley & Gordinier.

Mr. Khouri received his BA in Economics in 1971 from Tulane University, and his JD from the Brandeis School of Law-University of Louisville in 1980. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Related Articles

Statement of Chairman Michael A. Khouri Puerto Nuevo Terminals LLC Cooperative Working Agreement, FMC No. 201292
Posted: October 15, 2019

There has been continued public comment concerning the Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) decision that allowed the Puerto Nuevo Terminals LLC Cooperative Working Agreement (the “Agreement”) to go into effect. I voted to not allow the Agreement to become effective under the Shipping Act of 1984 (Shipping Act) because I held… Read More »

Chairman Khouri Travels to London for Consultations & to Attend LISW19
Posted: September 18, 2019

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Michael A. Khouri joined other senior government officials and shipping executives from around the world attending London International Shipping Week (LISW19) September 9th-13th. Chairman Khouri began his week by giving a speech to the Government Stakeholder Workshop in which he discussed the role of the Federal… Read More »

Prepared Remarks of Michael A. Khouri, Chairman, U.S. Federal Maritime Commission London International Shipping Week 2019 Government Stakeholder Workshop – The Future of International Maritime Trade Policy September 10, 2019
Posted: September 11, 2019

Good afternoon. Thank you for the invitation to speak today about recent issues and activities of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission. Role of the FMC Because the ocean transportation industry plays such an essential role in America’s economy, the United States Congress assigned the economic and commercial regulation of U.S…. Read More »

Chairman Michael A. Khouri Testifies to Congress on Fiscal Year 2020 Budget
Posted: May 21, 2019

Statement of Michael A. Khouri on Review of Fiscal Year 2020 Budget for The Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Programs Before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure United States House of Representatives.