John Jamian

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John E. Jamian is an American businessman, former U.S. government official, and Michigan State Legislator. He served as Deputy and later Acting Maritime Administrator, the head of the U.S. Maritime Administration, an agency of the United States Department of Transportation, from 2003 until 2006. He was confirmed as Deputy Maritime Administrator by the Senate on May 7, 2003 and became Acting Maritime Administrator February 12, 2005. Prior to his service at the Maritime Administration, Jamian was elected to three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1991 to 1996. From 1997 to 2001 he served as Executive Director of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority and from 2001 until his appointment as Deputy Director in 2003 as the Executive Director the Armenian Assembly of America. In 2011 Jamian resumed his role as Executive Director at the Port of Detroit.

Michigan House of Representatives[edit]

Jamian entered politics in 1990 when he ran as a Republican candidate for State Representative in Michigan's 40th District. After winning a tightly contested primary and subsequent general election, he was sworn into office in 1991. Jamian served three terms in the State House, stepping down after 1996 to honor his commitment to term limits.

As a State Representative, he Chaired the House Health Policy Committee and the House Committee on Port and Maritime Affairs. He also served as Vice Chair of the House Insurance Committee and Co-Chaired the United States Canada Relations Committee for the Midwest Council of State Governments.

Detroit / Wayne County Port Authority[edit]

In 1997 John was appointed by Governor John Engler to serve as Executive Director of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority.[1] During his time at the Port of Detroit, he led the effort to secure a $6.2 Million state grant as part of the Clean Michigan Initiative.[2] The grant money was used to redevelop portions of the Detroit waterfront, including the construction of the Detroit Riverfront Promenade.

In 2000, Mayor Dennis Archer appointed Jamian to the Detroit 300 Commission as Chairman of the "Sail Detroit" Planning Committee. As Chair he was responsible for the planning and organization of a Tall Ships parade, one of the highlight events at Detroit's tricentennial celebration in 2001.[3]

In 2011 John was reappointed to the Executive Director position at the Port.

U.S. Maritime Administration[edit]

In 2003 Jamian was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as the Deputy Maritime Administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and assumed his duties on May 7, 2003.[4] With the resignation of William Schubert on February 12, 2005 Jamian was named Acting Maritime Administrator.[5]

As Acting Administrator, his responsibilities included marine transportation policy and working with U.S. Transportation Command on the Marine Security Program, as well as serving as a member of the President's National Presidential Security Directive. Administratively, Jamian oversaw the daily operations of the Maritime Administration, its 900 employees, and 276 ship assets under MARAD purveyance.

During his tenure, MARAD created the first ever USDOT West Coast Gateway office to provide high-level departmental assistance to all modes of transportation. Other lasting hallmarks include agency initiatives to build stronger maritime relationships with China and Vietnam[6] and efforts toward the creation of a coastal shipping program between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Jamian resigned his post as Acting Maritime Administrator on May 1, 2006.

Personal information[edit]

Today John lives with his wife in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. They have two children.


  1. ^ "MAYOR ARCHER APPOINTS PORT DIRECTOR TO DETROIT 300 COMMISSION" (PDF). Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority. 2000-12-13. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  2. ^ Detroit gets $6.2-million state grant: New promenade to be built between RenCen and Cobo, The Detroit News, 1999-08-05 
  3. ^ "MAYOR ARCHER APPOINTS PORT DIRECTOR TO DETROIT 300 COMMISSION" (PDF). Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority. 2000-12-13. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  4. ^ "Jamian tapped as deputy Marad administrator". The Journal of Commerce. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  5. ^ "Marad's Schubert resigns". The Journal of Commerce. 2005-01-07. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  6. ^ "Consultation on the Bilateral Maritime Agreement Between The United States of America and the People's Republic of China" (PDF). US Maritime Administration. 2006-03-23. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 

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