Mr. Louchheim is Vice President of Government Affairs at The Fertilizer Institute. Mr. Louchheim joined TFI in January 2015. He engages in federal advocacy efforts on behalf of TFI members and the fertilizer industry, including transportation, safety, security, and fertilizer markets. He serves as an Assistant Vice Chair of the Department of Homeland Security Chemical Sector Coordinating Council, Board Member of the National Waterways Conference, and Board Member of the National Agronomic Environmental Health & Safety School.
Prior to joining TFI, Mr. Louchheim served as the Director of Government Affairs for the Portland Cement Association (PCA). Mr. Louchheim also served in the U.S. House of Representatives in a variety of capacities from 1999 to 2013 for Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio), Congressman Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and the House Ways and Means Committee.
While at TFI, Mr. Louchheim has successfully advocated for emergency relief from hours-of-service regulations for fertilizer during the COVID-19 pandemic, extensions of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program and Positive Train Control (PTC) deadline, legislation to avert a rail network strike and shutdown, inclusion of fertilizer in an agency rulemaking on railroad service reports, OSHA-DOT clarification of tank car hazmat placarding, and reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board.
Mr. Louchheim is a Pennsylvania native and earned his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Gettysburg College in 1999. He and his family live in Washington, D.C.