Vincent G. Verna began serving the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen as Vice President and National Legislative Representative (VP&NLR) on November 5, 2020. Per the BLET Bylaws, Brother Verna was elevated to office following the retirement of long-serving VP&NLR John P. Tolman, having been elected by acclamation to the office of 1st Alternate VP&NLR at the BLET’s Fourth National Convention in Las Vegas on October 4, 2018.
Brother Verna’s railroad career began in 1994 when he hired out as a brakeman for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Los Angeles, Calif. He transferred to engine service in March of 1995 in Tucson, Ariz., and joined BLET Division 28 (Tucson, Ariz.) on November 17, 1995. He became actively involved in the Brotherhood almost immediately, serving as Alternate Legislative Representative of Division 28 in 1995, and as Vice Local Chairman in 1999. He continued in both positions until becoming Division 28’s Legislative Representative in 2006 and full-time Local Chairman in 2008. He was reelected Local Chairman in 2009. Brother Verna also began serving as Chairman of the Arizona State Legislative Board in 2008, a position he was reelected to in 2009. He was elected by acclamation to the office of First Alternate VP&NLR at the BLET’s Third National Convention in Las Vegas on October 1, 2014.
Brother Verna began working full time for the BLET National Division on August 1, 2011, when he was appointed to the position of Director of Regulatory Affairs by BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce.
In his role as Director of Regulatory Affairs, Verna represented the BLET on numerous rail safety and human factors endeavors, such as the Rail Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) of the Federal Railroad Administration. He also represented the interests of BLET members in regulatory matters before the Department of Transportation, the National Transportation Safety Board the Transportation Security Administration, and the Transportation Research Board, among others agencies and organizations. He also prepared the union’s responses to various agencies’ proposals for rulemakings and proposed rules, and prepared responses to petitions for waiver from compliance with FRA regulations.
Brother Verna is proud to be a third generation railroader. His father Fred retired as a conductor from UP in 2010 after 48 years of service. Also, his great uncle was a conductor for the Penn Central and the Southern Pacific.
Vice President and National Legislative Representative Verna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from California State University at San Bernardino (1994) and a Master's Degree in Legal and Ethical Studies from The University of Baltimore (2003). He and his wife, Julie, reside in the Washington D.C. area. When he has spare time, Brother Verna enjoys reading, art, exercising, writing and recording music, and traveling.