This is Bertram’s third tour of duty on the Hill. He came to his current post this year straight from being the Transportation Department’s chief financial officer and assistant secretary for budget and programs. That meant he basically wrote the Obama administration’s transportation budget, the one that hasn’t been given much deference in Congress because of budget constraints. Bertram is circumspect about these things, wanting to help the Transportation Committee go as far as it can to authorize and streamline government programs within the political and budget realities of the day.
Bertram has worked on every mode of transportation that exists, and that includes traveling to the other side of the Capitol for a stint on the Senate Commerce Committee. He has also served as staff director for the House Transportation Highways and Transit Subcommittee, and in various positions at the Office of Management and Budget. He sometimes babysits his grand-dog, Penny, a 14-year-old tiny dachsund, by bringing her to the committee’s offices with him.
This article appears in the July 25, 2013, edition of NJ Daily as Chris Bertram, Majority Staff Director.