Larry I. Willis is TTD’s Secretary-Treasurer. As the department’s chief financial officer, he oversees the daily financial and administrative activities of TTD. He accounts for affiliate dues, budgets for the operations of the department, and plans for the long-term fiscal needs of the organization.
In addition to his financial responsibilities, Larry leads and oversees TTD’s policy, legislative, and legal activities, representing the interests of TTD and its affiliate unions before Congress and among key Executive Branch officials.
Larry has worked on virtually every issue facing TTD, including Federal Aviation Administration and surface transportation reauthorizations; Amtrak and high-speed rail; maritime issues; international aviation negotiations; and a variety of safety and security challenges facing transportation workers. In particular, Larry is one of the labor movement’s key leaders in responding to the security background checks imposed on workers after 9/11. He has testified in front of congressional committees and is regularly asked to speak to union audiences and other organizations on transportation policy and legislative issues.
Larry started at TTD in 1996 as a Legislative Representative and subsequently became the organization’s Legislative Counsel. In 1999, he left TTD to join Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he served as Director of Legislation and as Associate in the firm’s Public Policy practice group. In 2003, he returned to TTD as General Counsel. He was elected Secretary-Treasurer in 2010.
Prior to his work with TTD, Larry worked on Capitol Hill in the office of former U.S. Representative Terry Bruce (D-IL) and in the House Energy and Power Subcommittee. He has also worked on several political campaigns.
Larry obtained his juris doctor degree from the John Marshall Law School in 1995 and received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Iowa. He is an active member of the D.C. Bar.