San Diego's Lynn Schenk has been appointed to the California High Speed Rail Authority, where she has served since 2003, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday.
Schenk was chief of staff to Gov. Gray Davis from 1999 to 2004 and served in Congress from 1993 to 1995, where she authored H.R. 4867, the High Speed Rail Development Act of 1994, the first federal law authorizing high speed rail.
She was commissioner and vice chair of the San Diego Port District from 1990 to 1993. Schenk served as deputy secretary and later as secretary at the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 1977 to 1983 and was a special assistant to vice presidents Nelson A. Rockefeller and Walter F. Mondale from 1976 to 1977.
Schenk has been an attorney in private practice since 1984 and was an attorney for the San Diego Gas and Electric Company from 1972 to 1976. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.