Nominated by President Barack Obama in March 2009 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009, Mr. Szabo currently is the 12th administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). He serves as an alternate for Secretary LaHood on the Amtrak Board of Directors. Prior to this he worked for Illinois Central Railroad and later for Metra, as a switchman, trainman and conductor. He has also served in various roles beginning in 1984 for the United Transportation Union. Prior to his assumption of duties as the FRA administrator, he was a Vice President for Illinois State AFL-CIO. He is a graduate of the Governors State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in labor relations.