Gary Hoitsma leads Carmen Group’s Transportation Practice. He manages a team of professionals to achieve client missions in transportation and infrastructure, including highways, transit, rail, aviation, intermodal, public- private partnerships, construction and economic development.
Gary served eight years as senior advisor and press secretary to U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), who currently serves as chairman of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee that has jurisdiction over key federal transportation, infrastructure and environmental programs. Gary worked closely with Inhofe to develop and coordinate legislative strategies and communicate clear positions on a wide variety of critical public policy issues.
Over the past twelve years, Gary has assisted numerous public and private sector clients with challenges related to federal transportation funding, policies, and programs as well as with related federal legislative and regulatory matters. He worked extensively during this time on issues related to the development and implementation of the last two surface transportation laws, SAFETEA-LU and MAP-21. He also directed Carmen Group’s weekly online subscription publication, the Washington Letter on Transportation, and the firm’s Transportation Policy Insight Blog. He is the recipient of multiple Carmen Group Practice Excellence Awards.
Previously, Gary served eight years as the top aide to the administrator of the Federal Highway Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where coordinated public and congressional affairs activities and helped build interest group coalitions for administration transportation policies that included major highway and transit reauthorization bills.
He also served in senior communications positions at multiple Republican National Conventions and previously served as media director of the Republican Party of Texas and in a variety of capacities on Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaigns. His political experience also includes having served four years in senior communications and research positions at the National Republican Senatorial Committee where he assisted U.S., Senate candidates in earned media, advertising and political strategies.
A native of Wayne, New Jersey, Gary holds a Bachelor’s degree from Montclair State College.