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Tracy R. Zea Named Vice President-Government Relations For Waterways Council, Inc.

December 10, 2018   Debra Calhoun

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Washington, DC – Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) has promoted Tracy R. Zea to Vice PresidentGovernment Relations, from Director-Government Relations, a position he had held since August 2015. Mr. Zea advocates for WCI’s goals for authorizations and appropriations which support a modern, efficient, and reliable inland waterways transportation system. Mr. Zea also works to enhance WCI’s stakeholder relationship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is also responsible for tracking implementation of water resources legislation and ensuring that WCI’s views are reflected in the outcomes.


Before joining WCI, Mr. Zea served on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) for five years. During his time on the Committee, he assisted in legislation related to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization, Map-21 highway reauthorization, and played an integral role in the enactment of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014. Prior to joining the T&I Committee, he worked for Senator John Thune (R-SD).


Mr. Zea earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from South Dakota State University.



Waterways Council, Inc. is the national public policy organization advocating for a modern and well-maintained national system of ports and inland waterways. The group is supported by waterways carriers, shippers, port authorities, agriculture, labor and conservation organizations, shipping associations and waterways advocacy groups from all regions of the country.