Field Hearing: Importance of Great Lakes Icebreaking to the Regional Economy

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Chair of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, Climate Change and Manufacturing, will convene a subcommittee field hearing titled “The Importance of Great Lakes Icebreaking to the Regional Economy” in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Friday, March 1, 2024, at 11 A.M. CST. Senator Baldwin will be joined by Admiral Linda Fagan, Commandant of the Coast Guard, along with representatives from the Coast Guard and business leaders who rely on the Great Lakes to transport goods.

Read Senator Baldwin's press release here.


Panel 1

  • Admiral Linda L. Fagan, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Master Chief Heath Jones, Master Petty Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Rear Admiral Jon Hickey, Ninth District Coast Guard Commander
  • Master Chief Mathew Buckman, Ninth District Coast Guard Command Master Chief

Panel 2

  • Dean Haen, Director, Brown County Port and Resource Recovery Department
  • Ken Przybyla, Vice President of Operations, GLC Minerals
  • James Weakley, President, Lake Carriers’ Association



WHAT: Subcommittee Field Hearing on Importance of Great Lakes Icebreaking to the Regional Economy  

DATE: Friday, March 1, 2024


LOCATION: Green Bay, Wisconsin

LIVESTREAM: The livestream will be available on and on Senator Baldwin’s X and Facebook pages.


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Opening Remarks

Witness Panel 1

Witness Panel 2