Graham Hill is a founding member, and Chief Executive Officer, of Ice Miller Strategies (IMC) LLC. IMC focuses primarily on transportation, homeland security and energy matters where Graham counsels clients on congressional and executive branch policy and legislative and regulatory matters with a focus on legislative strategy, legislative procedure, and the federal budget process. Graham has also testified before Congress on homeland security matters, is regarded as an expert on transportation matters and is regularly invited to speak at national transportation conferences.
Prior to joining Ice Miller Strategies in 2007, Graham served as the Staff Director and Senior Counsel to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways, Transit, and Pipelines. While working at the Subcommittee, Graham supervised the professional, legal and legislative staff, and managed the drafting, negotiation and consensus building on 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. Graham similarly supervised 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).
Graham led negotiations on and drafted 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 United States, which are administered by PHMSA.
During his time on the Committee, Graham drafted the Norman 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. Graham 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, he led 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, Graham conducted investigations on behalf of the Congress into various areas of the Committee’s jurisdiction, with a particular focus on aviation security issues.
In 1999, he 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 on-Line Protection Act (CIPA), subsequently affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court as the first federal law regulating library and school Internet access to pornographic content. Graham also oversaw Appropriations, Defense, Internet, and other Commerce issues for Congressman Pickering.
Additionally, Graham has worked in Mexico as a consultant to the 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, Graham 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 RNC during the 1993-1994 campaign cycle and into 1995.
Graham was also nominated by President Bush in 2002, and confirmed by the United States 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 (ADA). Graham stepped off the NCD in 2009.
Graham also currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow at Texas A&M University’s Texas Transportation Institute, a nationally recognized leader in transportation research.
Graham received a Juris Doctorate from Tulane Law School, and Bachelor of Arts from The University of the South in Political Economy. Graham is a member of the New York and New Jersey state bars. Graham is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association; founding member and member of Board of Directors of the Global Universal Design Commission; and Executive Committee member and past president of the Washington Metro Safari Club International Chapter. Graham is a concealed carry permit holder, lifelong hunter, collector, shotgun competitor, AR-15 owner & enthusiast. Life Member NY & TX Rifle Associations and the Fifty Caliber Shooters Association (FCSA).