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Max Vekich

Counsel: Cory Cinque
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Commissioner Max Vekich was nominated by President Biden on June 24, 2021, and again on January 4, 2022, to a term expiring on June 30, 2026. The United States Senate confirmed his nomination on February 10, 2022, and he was sworn into office on February 15, 2022.

Commissioner Vekich was previously a longshoreman and union official with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.  He served as a Member of the Labor Relations Committee for ILWU Local 52, as President of the ILWU Local 52, and on the International Executive Board.

Between 1983 and 1991, Commissioner Vekich served in the Washington State House of Representatives representing the 35th Legislative District. He also served as a Commissioner on the Washington State Maritime Bicentennial and the Governor’s Industry Safety Board.

Commissioner Vekich has earned numerous recognitions for his work, legislative, and community service.

Commissioner Vekich earned his A.A. from Grays Harbor Community College and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Puget Sound.  He has been married to Marcee Stone-Vekich since 2012 and survives his first wife, Ivy Frost Vekich, who died of breast cancer in 1995.  Commissioner Vekich is the father of two children and one stepchild.

Related Articles

Opening Statement of Commissioner Max Vekich at Informal Hearing of the Federal Maritime Commission Examining Impacts to Shipping Resulting from Current Conditions in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Regions
Posted: February 7, 2024

I would like to commend the carriers for prioritizing mariner safety during this most difficult time. We recognize the difficulties – the stress to the individual mariners, vessel owners and to the supply chain created by the current crisis in the Red Sea. Carriers are employing novel solutions to adjust… Read More »

Statement of Commissioner Vekich on Reform of FMC’s Internal Enforcement Procedures
Posted: April 21, 2023

Commissioner Max Vekich today issued the following statement: “On Monday, April 17, 2023, the Federal Maritime Commission issued a direct final rule revising its internal enforcement procedures by delegating authority to the Bureau of Enforcement, Investigations and Compliance (BEIC) to issue Notice(s) of Violations and to compromise civil penalty claims… Read More »

Statement by Commissioners Bentzel and Vekich on Amending Statutes Governing Review of VOCC and MTO Agreements 
Posted: December 8, 2022

Commissioners Carl W. Bentzel and Max M. Vekich wrote key Members of Congress to urge changing the law in a way that would allow the Federal Maritime Commission to prohibit filed agreements from automatically going into effect. “Congress provided the Commission with important additional authorities in the Ocean Shipping Reform… Read More »

Statement of Commissioners Max M. Vekich and Carl W. Bentzel regarding the NPRM on the Definition of Unreasonable Refusal to Deal with Respect to Vessel Space Accommodation
Posted: September 13, 2022

This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking provides an important first step in elaborating on how the Federal Maritime Commission will assess what constitutes an unreasonable refusal to deal or negotiate with respect to vessel space accommodation.  While the proposed rule establishes parameters for consideration, there may be additional steps that would… Read More »