Government Affairs

Government Affairs proposes and coordinates outreach activities, develops statements of purpose and intent, and provides guidance to the board on issues of vital importance. The committee reviews and assesses proposals in the realms of legislation, public media and other issue forums to determine how the best interests of AIAI can be represented.

Patrick Rhode

Chairperson
United States Vice President Corporate AffairsCintra

Patrick Rhode is United States Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Cintra US. He is a senior executive manager recognized through U.S. presidential appointments with over…

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Patrick Rhode is United States Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Cintra US. He is a senior executive manager recognized through U.S. presidential appointments with over two decades of government and private industry experience conceptualizing, developing and implementing strategies that strengthened the performance of high-profile organizations and improved stability during unprecedented times of national crisis.

Professional experiences include service for the White House, Fortune 500 companies, federal agencies, state agencies and a successful U.S. presidential campaign.

Experiences include service as Special Assistant to the President of the United States, NASA Senior Advisor, Associate Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Chief of Staff for two FEMA management administrations within the then-newly created United States Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of 9/11, which included the awarding of high-level national security clearances.

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Timothy M. Rutten

Chairperson
Executive Director Texas Infrastructure Council 

Tim Rutten serves as Senior Director in the Government Relations office of Fluor Corporation in Washington, DC. Fluor is a FORTUNE 500 company that is…

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Tim Rutten serves as Senior Director in the Government Relations office of Fluor Corporation in Washington, DC. Fluor is a FORTUNE 500 company that is ranked #1 in FORTUNE magazine’s “Engineering, Construction” category of America’s largest corporations. Fluor Corporation is one of the largest publicly owned engineering, procurement, construction, and maintenance services companies. Fluor serves clients in a wide variety of traditional and evolving industries worldwide, including chemicals and petrochemicals; commercial and institutional; government projects; manufacturing; microelectronics; mining; oil and gas; power; telecommunications; and transportation and infrastructure. In his capacity, Rutten mainly supports Fluor’s transportation and infrastructure business.

Mr. Rutten is an attorney, licensed to practice law in Oregon and the District of Columbia. Prior to joining Fluor he served on the staff of U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-OR) as legal counsel, legislative aide and field representative. After leaving Capitol Hill and before joining Fluor, he practiced law with a specialty in transportation, appropriations, local governments, the environment, Native Americans, and natural resource issues.

Tim received his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. He also received a Certificate of Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes. He received his B.S. degree from Oregon State University in Political Science.

Rutten lives with his wife and daughter on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, biking, sailing and traveling.

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