Brigham McCown

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Brigham McCown
Brigham A. McCown
Born July 3, 1966
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy (alternate).svg United States Navy
Years of service Retired: 1988 - 2013

US-O7 insignia.svg Rear Admiral (LH) (hon.) United States Maritime Administration

US-O5 insignia.svg Commander United States Navy
Battles/wars Cold War, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Uphold Democracy, Operation Unified Assistance
Other work

Administrator PHMSA

Chief Counsel FMCSA

Brigham A. McCown (born July 3, 1966 in Ironton, Ohio) is a former senior executive at the United States Department of Transportation, working as the CEO of a Washington DC consultant firm.

Early life and education[edit]

In 1988 McCown graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in diplomacy and foreign affairs. In 1997 he obtained a law degree from Northern Kentucky University in 1997. McCown served in Operation Desert Storm as a naval aviator[when?] and holds an honorary commission of Rear Admiral in the United States Maritime Administration.


From 2003-2007 McCown served in several leadership roles during both terms of George W. Bush's presidency in Washington D.C. He was a senior executive at the United States Department of Transportation until 2007. He served as the first general counsel of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, where he was responsible for legal oversight of the nation's trucking, motor coach, moving industry[1] and NAFTA [2] for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He advocated for stronger truck and bus safety regulations.[3][4] He was appointed to the position by Transportation Secretary, Norman Y. Mineta (D-CA).[5] He became the first acting administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

He currently[timeframe?] serves as the Chairman and CEO of Nouveau, a Washington, DC-based consulting & advisory firm. He has served the city of Southlake, TX Planning & Zoning Commission [6] and "understands how all levels of government must work together to achieve their goals".[7]


McCown contributes to Forbes,[8] National Journal,[9] Huffington Post[10] and Fuel Fix[11] in matters pertaining to energy and transportation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tonight's facts". Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Department of Transportation Sets Aggressive New Fuel Economy Targets". Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tonight's facts". Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Barriers for Mexican trucks questioned". Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Southlake, TX - Official Website". Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "PHMSA Safety Coordination Speech" (PDF). June 19, 2006. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Forbes  » Contributor Profile » Brigham A. McCown". Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  9. ^ [2][dead link]
  10. ^ "Brigham A. McCown". Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Fuel Fix » Voices » Energy in Motion". Fuel Fix. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 

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