Michael J. Ruehling
Vice President-Federal Legislation for CSX Corporation-Retired

Ruehling is a former Vice President-Federal Legislation for CSX Corporation, where he headed the company's Washington, D.C. office and directed the company's federal government affairs activities.  Ruehling retired in December 2011.  Ruehling began his career with CSX in 1989 as the company's Kentucky government relations resident-vice president. Between 1995 and 2002, he was CSX's Vice President-State Relations, overseeing government relations activities in 23 states from the company's headquarters in Richmond, VA.

He was appointed head of the CSX Washington office in 2003.  Prior to joining CSX, Ruehling was on the staff of former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford (D-KY), whose Senate career spanned four terms from 1974-1998 and who served as Assistant Democratic Leader (Whip) from 1992-98. Ruehling was executive director of the Congressional Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies from 1988-89. The committee was responsible for organizing the 1989 Presidential inauguration. Ruehling served on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and a member of the University's Fellows Society.

While at UK, Ruehling worked as a part-time sportswriter at the Lexington Herald.  Upon graduation, he accepted a sports writing position with the Courier-Journal in Louisville.  Ruehling also was vice president of the Preston Group in Lexington in the mid-1980's before rejoining Ford's Washington office in 1988.