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Stephen A. Martinko

Government Affairs Counselor
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Stephen Martinko is a government affairs counselor in the firm’s Public Policy and Law practice. Martinko has extensive experience working with clients with interests in nearly all modes of transportation as well as infrastructure related innovative financing and public private partnerships. He is regularly tapped by Congress and industry groups to help develop solutions to broad sets of infrastructure related challenges and is particularly involved in emerging trends in transportation and on the intersection of transportation and technology.

Martinko has been listed as one of “five key players to watch” in transportation by Politico and as one of “Washington’s next-generation power players” by National Journal. His diverse public policy and management experience includes service as executive director of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission; deputy staff director of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I Committee); chief of staff to Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the T&I Committee; professional staff member for the T&I Committee Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials; and director of floor debate for former House Republican Conference Chair Deborah Pryce (R-OH). He has also advised several political campaigns and President Donald Trump’s transition team.

During his distinguished career as a Congressional staff member, Martinko played an integral role in enacting major initiatives into law in nearly every mode of transportation. Among his accomplishments, Martinko was the lead staff negotiator for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 and served as a member of the senior strategy and negotiating team for comprehensive surface transportation authorization legislation. He also oversaw reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as enactment of pipeline safety, Amtrak reauthorization, and rail safety bills.

Martinko earned his B.A. from Brown University, where he played varsity football, and obtained his M.A. from the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University. Additionally, he serves on the organizing committee for the Congressional Flag Football for Charity and coaches the Mean Machine (Members of Congress) team that plays every other fall against the Capitol Police.

Professional Background

Speaking and Articles
Martinko frequently authors and co-authors articles and policy papers on timely infrastructure topics and is a popular speaker on transportation issues at relevant conferences. He is also regularly quoted in the media on transportation and infrastructure issues, including commentary that has appeared in USA Today, Politico, the Hill, and Law360.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Aero Club of Washington, Member
  • International Aviation Club of Washington, DC, Member
  • Road Gang, Member
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Transportation, Infrastructure, and Logistics Committee, Member
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Transportation, Infrastructure, and Logistics Committee, Member
  • The Congressional Flag Football Game for Charity, Organizing Committee

Speaking Engagements

  • “A Tough Road: The Politics of Infrastructure Policy,” Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, March 12, 2018
  • “Infrastructure Outlook 2018,” NAIOP Chapter Leadership and Legislative Retreat, Washington, DC, February 6, 2018
  • “Infrastructure: President Trump Turns the Ignition as Congress Prepares to Take the Wheel,” Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition Policy Webinar, Online, February 5, 2018
  • “Can Asset Recycling Work Here?,” National Council for Public Private Partnerships, P3 Connect: The What’s Next P3 Event, Miami, FL, January 23, 2018
  • “Connecting the Dots: U.S. and International Issues and Regulatory Developments on Connected Cars/Autonomous Vehicles,” Access Partnership and K&L Gates Symposium, Washington, DC, December 6, 2017
  • “On the Move: Disruptive Transportation & Infrastructure,” OCTANEe Technology Innovation Forum, Newport Beach, CA, June 1, 2017
  • “Safety Benefits and Legal Implications of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles,” National Association of Counties (NACO) Innovations in Transportation and Technology County Leadership Peer Exchange, Pittsburgh, PA, May 5, 2017
  • “Transportation Innovation: Driving the Future,” K&L Gates / Clark Street Associates Silicon Valley Leveraging Government Resources Conference, Menlo Park, CA, December 1, 2016
  • “Race is on to Complete WRDA 2016,” National Water Supply Alliance Conference, Austin, TX, October 28, 2016
  • “New Horizons for Unmanned Aircraft: Innovation in the Evergreen State,” K&L Gates / Washington State Department of Commerce, Seattle, WA, September, 19, 2016
  • “WRDA 2016,” National Water Supply Alliance Conference, Chicago, IL, August 17, 2016
  • “New Horizons for Unmanned Aircraft: Innovation in the Evergreen State,” K&L Gates / Washington State Department of Commerce, Seattle, WA, September, 19, 2016
  • “WRDA 2016,” National Water Supply Alliance Conference, Chicago, IL, August 17, 2016
  • “Reaching New Heights: An Overview of the Unmanned Aircraft Atmosphere for 2016,” K&L Gates / Consumer Technology Association, Pittsburgh, PA, June 3, 2016
  • “A Lot of Ingredients In This Year’s WRDA,” National Water Supply Alliance Conference, Kansas City, MO, May 4, 2016
  • “Critical Water Infrastructure: Asset Management Lessons and Challenges,” Society of American Military Engineers Critical Infrastructure Symposium, Charleston, SC, April 5, 2016
  • “Federal Policy Trends and Legislative Outlook Roundtable,” National Council for Public-Private Partnerships Federal P3 Summit, Washington, DC, March 17, 2016
  • “Strategies for Effectively Engaging with Congress on Water Policy,” National Water Supply Alliance Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 1, 2016