Amy Hawkins joined BNSF Railway as assistant vice president, Federal Government Affairs, in August 2001 and was promoted to vice president in January 2006. She has over 20 years in federal and state government relations and transportation policy experience.

Before joining BNSF, Hawkins was counsel to the office of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, working on issues within the jurisdiction of the Senate Commerce Committee, and was statewide projects director, based in Houston, Texas. She was also counsel for the State of Texas’ Office of State-Federal Relations in Washington, D.C., and worked for Senators Phil Gramm and John Tower of Texas. Her private sector experience includes federal lobbying and public policy consulting.


  • Bachelor’s degree, University of Texas at Austin
  • Juris Doctor, University of Houston Law School


Hawkins is married, has two sons and resides in Arlington, Va.


BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies operating on 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, and industrial goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food and beverages. BNSF’s shipments help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced and efficient railroads in the industry. We work continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve.