State business association has new point person on transportation

Mike Ennis has joined the Association of Washington Business as its government affairs director for transportation issues.

Ennis previously served as the director of the Washington Policy Center’s Center for Transportation. Before joining the Washington Policy Center, Ennis was a staffer in the Washington State Senate and a legislative assistant in the House of Representatives. He also previously served as staff assistant for U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton.

“Transportation is shaping up to be one of the key issues this legislative session, and Mike’s extensive experience with transportation issues will better serve us as we work with the Legislature on this issue,” said Gary Chandler, AWB’s vice president of government affairs, in a press release. “One of AWB’s goals this legislative session is to support a statewide transportation investment plan that funds the most critical maintenance, operations and preservation needs of our state highway system and completes projects underway in critical transportation corridors. Mike’s expertise will play an integral role in working toward that goal.”

Ennis is the author of numerous studies on transportation policy in Washington, including “Five Principles of Responsible Transportation Policy,” “Vanpools in the Puget Sound Region: The Case for Expanding Vanpools to Move the Most People for the Least Cost,” and “The Facts on Light Rail.”  His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and Investor’s Business Daily, as well as on CNN and Bloomberg News.

Ennis served in the U.S. Army with the 2nd Ranger Battalion and is currently in his third term on the Enumclaw City Council. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and his Master of Public Administration degree from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, also at the University of Washington.

He lives in Enumclaw with his wife, Heidi, and their two children.

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