Bill Graves Biography

Bill Graves is President and CEO of American Trucking Associations, the national trade and safety organization of the United States trucking industry. Through its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, conferences and other organizations, it represents an industry that delivers nearly 70% of the nation’s freight before all branches and levels of government.

Under his leadership, ATA is advancing several safety initiatives. ATA has proposed requiring that all new heavy trucks be equipped with speed limiters. It also has proposed a national speed limit of 65 miles per hour for all vehicles. ATA supports efforts aimed at improving the safety of the trucking industry by requiring the use of electronic logs to monitor drivers’ hours-of-service and establishing a national clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results.

Under Graves, ATA also has been a fierce advocate for improving our nation’s infrastructure through the use of existing user fees, including calling for higher fuel taxes. ATA also has spearheaded effort to combat the use of tolling and public-private partnerships.

Graves also has overseen ATA’s efforts to promote the industry’s record on sustainability, ranging from support for fuel economy standards for large trucks to promotion of the EPA’s SmartWay program.

In January 2003, Graves completed his second term as governor of Kansas, capping 22 years of service to the state. He won reelection in 1998 by the largest margin in state history.

As governor, Graves enacted the largest tax cut in state history, but also signed into law an historic 10-year, $13 billion comprehensive transportation program improving highways, railroad infrastructure, airports and public transit service in Kansas, financed by higher user fees.

Graves has been involved in the trucking industry his entire life. For almost 70 years, members of his family have operated fleets including Graves Truck Line.

In addition to his duties at ATA, Graves serves on the board of the International Speedway Corp., the leading promoter of motorsport racing in America.

Graves earned a degree in business administration from Kansas Wesleyan University in his hometown of Salina and attended graduate school at the University of Kansas. Graves lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Linda and daughter Katie.