The Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA) has named Jay Grimes to the Washington D.C. office as manager of federal affairs. Grimes will share responsibility in advancing the association’s government affairs agenda on behalf of OOIDA members.
He is originally from Fairfax, Va., and graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in history. He began his career as a press assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services, under the late Chairman Ike Skelton, (D-Mo.) He subsequently served as director of congressional affairs and communications for Twenty-First Century Group, a bipartisan government affairs consulting firm founded by former Congressman Jack Fields, (R-Tex.)
During his time in D.C., Grimes has worked on a variety of transportation issues and has represented multiple trade associations before Congress.
“Jay has a wealth of experience working on Capitol Hill and thoroughly understands the legislative and regulatory processes,” said Laura O’Neill Kaumo, OOIDA’s director of government affairs. “He will be a valued asset in Washington and Grain Valley.”
OOIDA is the only national trade association representing the interests of all professional truck drivers and small-business trucking companies. The trucking association was established in 1973 in the greater Kansas City, Mo. area and has grown to nearly 150,000 active members nationwide.