Legislative Advocacy for the Roadway Safety Industry


ATSSA is here to help you educate decision-makers and advocate for roadway safety infrastructure policies and funding. Here, you will find the latest information on our efforts to inform elected officials on the importance of increasing the use of and funding for roadway safety infrastructure devices and services.




  • To fulfill our mission and better serve our members, ATSSA has developed a state government relations program which seeks to involve local ATSSA chapters in the policy making and legislative process at all levels of government. Ashley Wieland has begun serving as ATSSA's Director of State Government Relations. Wieland's new duties include working with the association’s 25 active chapters in states across the country, specifically with the elected officials and their staff members who represent those ATSSA members.

  • Interested in getting your local ATSSA chapter involved? Contact ATSSA Director of State Government Relations, Ashley Wieland, to get the conversation started: or 202-733-1483.



  • ATSSA presents the Roadway Safety Champion Award annually to an elected official who has demonstrated superior leadership on behalf of the roadway safety infrastructure industry over the previous year, and whose efforts have contributed significantly to reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries on our nation’s roadways.

  • Washington, D.C. – On April 21, senior leadership from ATSSA presented the association’s 2016 Roadway Safety Champion Award to Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) in separate ceremonies. The award was presented for their “unwavering resolve to pass the bipartisan FAST (Fixing America's Surface Transportation) Act in 2015."

Presenting the award to Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) were (left to right) Jay Bruemmer, ATSSA Past Chairwoman Kathi Holst, Devvon Holst, Chairman Shuster, ATSSA Chairwoman Deb Ricker, Ben Capel, ATSSA Vice President of Government Relations Nate Smith and ATSSA President and CEO Roger Wentz.

Presenting the award to Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) were (left to right) ATSSA President and CEO Roger Wentz, Foundation President Tom Wood, Cindy Williams, Rep. DeFazio, ATSSA Chairwoman Deb Ricker, Jay Bruemmer and ATSSA Vice President of Government Relations Nate Smith.



  • ATSSA Webinar for Members about the FAST Act - ATSSA Members can access the December 17, 2015 webinar, presented by Nate Smith, Vice President of Government Relations by logging into the ATSSA website. To login and watch the here. To login and view the PDF presentation here.

  • Long-term Highway Bill Passes - Congress approves the "FAST Act" transportation bill that includes substantial long-term investments. To read the press here

  • Highway Bill Conference Committee - Chairman Seeley and ATSSA Board advocate for roadway safety in Highway Bill Conference Committee. To read here

  • 2015 Transportation Ballot Measures - Review this year's ballot measures and initiatives by state, which include descriptions. To here

  • Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 - To read the text of the H.R. here. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has prepared an overview of this proposed here

  • The House and Senate Reauthorization Bills vs. Two Different CBO Baselines - The inflation-adjusted obligation baseline, and the flat-lined contract authority baseline. To read here

  • Letter to House on Surface Transportation Reauthorization - ATSSA, along with other members of the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) and beyond, wrote to all members of the House of Representatives and Committees of jurisdiction last week to urge action this fall on a long-term surface transportation bill. To read the here

  • Construction Industry Bonus Depreciation/Sec. 179 Letter - Please see the letter from ATSSA and 29 other industry leaders to Congressional members urging them to reinstate the depreciation bonus and increase Sec. 179 expensing. To read the here

  • Chairman Scott Seeley Submits Testimony to House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures - On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures held a hearing on the taxation of the repatriation of foreign earnings as a funding mechanism for a multi-year highway bill and Chairman Seeley provided testimony on behalf of ATSSA. To read this here

  • ATSSA and Construction Industry Lobby Congress on Bonus Depreciation and Sec.179 Expensing - To read the here

  • Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) - Learn more about the current transportation here

  • Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Congressional Letter - Rep.Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) and Rep.Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), along with 26 of their colleagues, sent a letter supporting the HSIP to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Penn.) and Former Ranking Member Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) for their consideration. Read the Congressional here

  • Reps. Barletta and Lipinski sent their colleagues a “Dear Colleague” letter asking for signatures on the Congressional letter the cover letter

  • Local Road Safety Bill Introduced - ATSSA strongly supports H.R. (House Resolution) 4336, which will help make local roads as safe as the bill here

  • See the letter from Rep. Michael Michaud (D-Maine) and Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis) supporting the here

  • Bicycle Pedestrian Safety Bill - ATSSA also supports H.R. 3494, which will address troubling increases of bicycling and walking fatalities. Read the letter from supporting organizations to Congressional here

  • 2014 Transportation Ballot Questions - Provides citizens the chance to vote on laws and proposals that have been crafted by their representatives. Read the detailed results of the ballot measures in the 2014 here





  • Grassroots - The ATSSA Grassroots website connects ATSSA members to their members of Congress to advocate for roadway safety. Explore the website and take here

  • Grassroots Corporate Partners Plan - Developed to allow ATSSA member companies to better interact with Congress and assist our legislative initiatives on Capitol Hill. Download the Corporate Partners Signup Sheet (members only) here

  • Contact Your Legislators
    Find your U.S. Representatives by zip here
    Find contact information for your U.S. here
    See current committee meetings and hearings scheduled on Capitol here





  • ATSSA’s Annual Legislative Briefing & Fly-In - April 11-12, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
    Amplify your voice on Capitol Hill at this annual event by directly interacting with Congress members and networking with other industry leaders. More information is available at

  • Thank you to all who attended ATSSA’s 2017 Annual Legislative Briefing & Fly-In on May 3-4 in Washington, D.C. This year, 113 ATSSA members (including 36 first time attendees) from 30 states were able to accomplish an impressive 120 congressional meetings in just 8 hours!



For more information about government relations, please call 202-733-1245 or email

  • The American Traffic Safety Services Association
  • 15 Riverside Parkway, Suite 100
  • Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406-1077
  • Telephone: (800) 272-8772



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