Graham Hill is a founding member, and chief executive officer, of Ice Miller Strategies LLC. Most recently, Hill served as the staff director and senior counsel to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways, Transit and Pipelines.
At the subcommittee, Hill oversaw the professional legal and legislative staff, and managed the drafting, negotiation and consensus building on the H.R. 6, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act – a Legacy For Users (SAFETEA LU). Known more commonly as "The Highway Bill," SAFETEA LU authorized $286 billion over five years for our nation's highway and transit infrastructure, and reauthorized the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration. Hill similarly oversaw the reauthorization of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the hazardous materials jurisdiction of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA), and the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).
Hill drafted and lead negotiations on the Pipeline Safety bills in 2002 and 2006. These laws govern the federal authority over the regulation of the Oil and Gas Pipelines throughout the U.S. which are administered by PHMSA.
During his time on the Committee, Hill drafted the Norm Mineta Department of Transportation Re-organization Act, which created PHMSA and RITA. He oversaw the negotiations of the port security bill, which contained proposed legislation for port, pipeline, transit and rail security through the Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation. He also managed negotiations for the committee on the REAL ID Act and the Patriot Act, and drafted and negotiated aspects of the Transportation Security Act of 2001, which created the Transportation Security Administration. He also participated in the drafting of Earmark Reform legislation for the House of Representatives in 2006. Additionally, Hill lead negotiations and drafting on behalf of the Committee on the energy bill conferences in 2002 and 2005.
As counsel to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Full Committee for Investigations and Oversight, Hill conducted investigations on behalf of Congress into various areas of the committee's jurisdiction, with a particular focus on aviation issues.
In 1999, Hill served as counsel and legislative director for Representative Chip Pickering of Mississippi, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In that position, he drafted the Child online Protection Act, recently affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court as the first federal law regulating library and school Internet access to pornographic content. Hill also oversaw appropriations, defense, Internet and other commerce issues for Congressman Pickering.
Additionally, Hill has worked in Mexico as a consultant to U.S. State Department, for Senator Phil Gramm of Texas, Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi, and Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi. Upon leaving the Senate in the summer of 1992, he worked on the Bush/Quayle campaign in the political division and the press office. Following the campaign’s conclusion, he worked for Haley Barbour at the Republican National Committee during the 1993-1994 campaign cycle and into 1995.
He was also nominated by President Bush, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, to serve on the National Council for Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency with jurisdiction over all matters affecting those with disabilities. The NCD was the author of the Americans with Disability Act.
Hill received a juris doctorate from Tulane Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the South in political economy.more » « less