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Commissioner

Carl W. Bentzel

Counsel: John Young
Contact Information
Phone: 202-523-5723 Email: cbentzel@fmc.gov

Biography:

Commissioner Carl Bentzel was nominated by President Trump on June 12, 2019, to a term expiring on June 30, 2024. The United States Senate confirmed his nomination on November 21, 2019, and he was sworn into office on December 9, 2019.

Prior to his appointment at the Federal Maritime Commission, Commissioner Bentzel created and established a consulting services company where he represented clients on regulatory and legislative issues within the areas of transportation, energy and other areas of federal regulatory oversight. From 2004-2014, Commissioner Bentzel served as Vice President and head of the federal advocacy division of a full-scale public relations firm, the DCI Group.

Prior to working in the private sector, Mr. Bentzel served the public sector for ten years as a Senate professional committee staffer including, most recently, as Senior Democratic Counsel of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation. He moved to his role in the Senate after spending four years on the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee where he served as Counsel for Maritime Policy.

Commissioner Bentzel’s primary areas of responsibility on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation were issues on maritime transportation; rail, surface and pipeline transportation; energy transportation and hazardous materials; and homeland security in these areas.  While working in the Senate, Commissioner Bentzel served as one of the principals in crafting the Maritime Security Act of 1996, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998, and in 2002, after the attacks on 9/11, the requirements mandated for maritime security through the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.  He also dealt with matters impacting economic regulation of rail and surface industries before the Surface Transportation Board, and a variety of energy related regulatory issues.

For his efforts in developing and negotiating passage of Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, Commissioner Bentzel was awarded the Coast Guard’s Medal for Meritorious Public Service and the Maritime Security Council’s Man of the Year award.  Mr. Bentzel is also the author of the chapter on Port Security within McGraw-Hill’s Handbook on Homeland Security.

Commissioner Bentzel earned his Bachelor of Arts from St. Lawrence University, his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama, and his Master of Laws from the Admiralty Law Institute, Tulane University.

Related Articles

Commissioner Bentzel Interviewed on CNBC
Posted: February 22, 2021

Commissioner Carl Bentzel appeared on the CNBC show “The Exchange” where he spoke with host Brian Sullivan on the topic of “Why shipping container costs are soaring”. The segment aired on February 10, 2021 and a video of the interview can be viewed at: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2021/02/10/why-shipping-container-costs-are-soaring.html

Statement by Commissioner Bentzel on the Commission’s Demand Order
Posted: February 18, 2021

I strongly support the FMC moving forward on the information demand orders.  The impact of COVID-19 has clearly taken a toll and disrupted everyday life in our country, and our maritime operations have not been spared.  Today, in the news, it was reported that over 60 large ships lay at… Read More »

Commissioner Bentzel Statement: The Health of Our Maritime Industry Will Lead Our Economy Back
Posted: February 9, 2021

The year 2020 illustrated our nation’s reliance on maritime transportation and international trade. Our society has adopted necessary, but dramatic, changes in how we work, travel, and go to school. The transportation sector has not been without impact. Aviation is down close to 50%, and the cruise industry has been… Read More »

Commissioners Maffei and Bentzel Urge Biden Administration to Prioritize Vaccinations for Maritime Industry
Posted: January 29, 2021

Yesterday, Commissioners Maffei and Bentzel sent a letter to President Biden and other Administration officials reiterating the importance of vaccinating the maritime workforce.