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Director of Governmental, International and Public Affairs

Patricia Klinger, Acting

Ms. Patricia Klinger currently serves as the Deputy Director of Governmental, International and Public Affairs for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation.  She has served in this position since 2001.

She has over 30 years of experience in public and governmental affairs, public policy and administration, specializing in coalition building with Federal, State, and industry partners, as well as the U.S. Congress to promote and advance the Administration’s policies and initiatives.   

Ms. Klinger has worked with Congress to pass the several pipeline safety reauthorization bills, as well as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act which reauthorized the Department’s hazardous materials safety program.  She served as the communications team leader for the Department’s reorganization of the Research and Special Programs Administration to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  Prior to that, she supported the Department’s crisis management activities immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Ms. Klinger also worked as a congressional liaison specialist, where she represented the Secretary of Transportation before Congress from 1980-1990.  She also was special assistant to the Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Prior to that, she worked for the United States Coast Guard. 

She graduated from the College of Southern Maryland in 1988 and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and the Council for Excellence in Government.  She is also a member of the National Association of Government Communicators.

Updated: Wednesday, January 10, 2018