Steve Heminger

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Steve Heminger is the executive director of the San Francisco Bay area's Metropolitan Transportation Commission.[1] His compensation package for 2012 totalled $360,533, plus 5 weeks vacation.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Heminger received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and his master's degree from the University of Chicago.[3]


Heminger was appointed by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California to serve on the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission.[4]

Heminger, a Democrat, has been active in transportation politics, and he has recommended that the federal gasoline tax be raised by forty cents per gallon. He was also a possible candidate to be President Barack Obama's nominee as Secretary of Transportation.[5] Obama would ultimately choose Ray LaHood and not Heminger to fill the Transportation post.[6]

Heminger's leadership of the MTC has been controversial, with concerns over the lengthy span of his MTC employment , budgetary expenditures related to new MTC headquarters in San Francisco and the lack of collaboration displayed when working with local government agencies in the 9 County area represented. Heminger's signature Plan Bay Area strategy was controversially approved, despite widely voiced concern from local and municipal stakeholders during public outreach stages.