William G. (Bill) Richard joined The Livingston Group after nearly thirty years on the personal staff of Congressman James L. Oberstar (D-MN), including twenty years as Chief of Staff. He brings clients extensive Capitol Hill experience and insight on issues such as transportation, airlines, commuter rail, water, and infrastructure, and working relationships throughout the federal government.
As the Congressman's chief transportation legislative advisor, Mr. Richard played a major role in the development and enactment of the many of the most significant pieces of federal transportation legislation, including the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), and the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).
Mr. Richard also played a critical role on many other projects, including the development of Northwest Airlines' Airbus A-320 maintenance facility in Duluth, MN; the development of the NorthStar Commuter Rail Line from Big Lake to Minneapolis; and managing the response to the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis. He also helped bring Cirrus Aviation, today the largest manufacturer of general aviation aircraft in the world, to Duluth.
Mr. Richard currently serves as the Director of Federal Affairs for Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.
Prior to joining Representative Oberstar's staff, Mr. Richard served as the Clerk of Finlayson Township, and was the Chairman of the Pine County Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He was worked as a broadcaster and technician with the Minnesota State Services for the Blind, where he helped develop the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network.
Mr. Richard attended St. Johns University and the University of Minnesota, and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute's Advanced Russian Language program. He served in the Army Security Agency as a russian linguist.