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Former Trucking Government Affairs Director Rejoins Staff at OOIDA

September 1, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Owner Operators

The Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA) welcomes back Laura O’Neill-Kaumo to the Washington, D.C., office as director of government affairs and counsel, starting today.

She will resume her position leading the association’s D.C. staff as it pursues efforts on behalf of OOIDA members regarding all regulatory and legislative issues.

O’Neill-Kaumo previously worked at OOIDA from 2007 to 2013 helping the association advance broker reform, highway safety and issues impacting driver compensation. Since 2013, she has served as an advisor and independent consultant to the association.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Eastern Michigan University with a major in political science and minor in sociology. She also earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami, School of Law and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Her diverse background includes working as staff counsel for the Boston Red Sox, serving as an aide in the U.S. House of Representatives, and acting as an advisor on numerous federal campaigns.

Her return to OOIDA comes after the departure of Ryan Bowley, former OOIDA director of government affairs, who recently relocated to Texas.

OOIDA is the only national trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers. OOIDA was established in 1973 and is headquartered in the greater Kansas City, Mo., area. The association currently has more than 155,000 members from all 50 states and Canada.