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Louis Ernest "L.E." Sola (born January 8, 1968) is a Commissioner of the United States Federal Maritime Commission.[1] He was nominated by President Donald Trump in November 2018 and confirmed by the US Senate during the Goverment shutdown on January 2nd, 2019 for a 5 year-term expiring June 30, 2023.[2][3][4] [5] Commissioner Sola is the current Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission's Performance Review Board and active on International Trade Bilateral delegations of the United States with the goverments of the China, Korea and the European Union.[6][7][8] Sola is considered the swing-vote on the Commision from his rulings favoring both industry and consumer interests.[9][10][11]

Sola previously ran for the United States House of Representatives seat for the 24th Congressional District of Florida as a Republican political candidate[12][13][14] against Democratic Representative Frederica Wilson but withdrew from the race before the election. Both candidates were removed from the ballot which was cited to have casued voter confusion that led to the 2018 Florida Senate election recount. [15][16][17][18]


He has received the National Defense Service Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Army Commendation Medal and has received the Army Achievement Award three times.  He is a two-time graduate of the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, CA (Spanish, German).[19][20]

Sola has a master's degree from the University of Illinois where he was classmates with the future Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili and the future President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa.[21][22] He is also the founder and CEO of Evermarine, a Miami-based yacht brokerage company[23][24][25] which he founded in 2005.[26][27] In December 2015, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Louis Sola to the Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners where he served on the probable cause panel for maritime accidents.[28][29]

Sola supported former Governor Jeb Bush's campaign for the 2016 presidential nomination, as well as U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.[30] He supported Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign by joining an open letter of 100 Business Leaders and has subsequently contributed to Trump's campaign for re-election [31] Sola has also made donations to the Republican National Committee.[24] He has been featured in national and international publications focusing on international trade and the economy to include: Forbes, American Shipper, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Sun-Sential, La Croix, and Yahoo Finance, .[32][33]


  1. "FMC's shipper commissioner". Louis Sola joined the Federal Maritime Commission earlier this year with the goal of working with industry to tackle inefficiencies in the U.S. container supply chain.
  2. "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts". The White House. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  3. "PN2642 - Nomination of L. E. Sola for Federal Maritime Commission, 115th Congress (2017-2018)". www.congress.gov. 2019-01-02. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  4. "Government shutdown sidetracks US shipping agency's new mandates". FreightWaves. 2019-01-18. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  5. "U.S. Senate Committee On Commerce, Science, & Transportation - Nominations". U.S. Senate Committee On Commerce, Science, & Transportation. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  6. "Performance Review Board". Federal Register. 2019-07-02. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  7. "Leaders Reach Two-Year Budget Agreement". The Waterways Journal. 2019-07-26. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  8. "FMC meets counterparts from EU and China". https://www.seanews.com.tr. Retrieved 2019-07-30. External link in |website= (help)
  9. "Docket 17-03". Antonio Egberto Carneiro Lima v. Fastway Moving and Storage, Inc., d/b/a Dream Cargo, d/b/a Fastway, d/b/a Fastway Moving, et al. - Served Order Affirming-in-Part and Vacating-in-Part Initial Decision. fmc. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. "Docket 17-02". Hangzhou Qianwang Dress Co., Ltd. v. RDD Freight International Inc. - Served Order Vacating and Remanding Decision.
  11. "OTI Logistics Inc. LIC Denial". Application of OTI Logistics, Inc. for an Ocean Transportation Intermediary License - Served Order Denying Application for Ocean Transportation Intermediary License.
  12. "Sola, Louis Ernest". Federal Election Commission.
  13. "Florida District 24 218 Race". Open Secrets. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  14. "Sola For Florida". Federal Election Commission. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  15. Scott Powers (July 20, 2017). "Money pouring in for Florida's Congress members in tough districts". Florida Politics. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  16. "'Nightmare in Florida II': The odd ballot that could cost Sen. Nelson the race". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  17. "Florida's Recount Is Over, But Worries About A 2020 Election 'Meltdown' Persist". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  18. Editor-at-large, Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN. "The dirty little secret of the Florida recounts". CNN. Retrieved 2019-07-21.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  19. "Louis E. Sola". Federal Maritime Commission. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  20. "Remarks by Commissioner Louis E. Sola, Federal Maritime Commission International Trade Day World Trade Center Miami". Federal Maritime Commission. 2019-05-24. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  21. "International Clubs and Contacts". University of Illinois Alumni Association. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  22. "Lou Sola Profile | University of Illinois 150 Years". uofi150.news-gazette.com. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  23. Melody Hahm (February 1, 2017). "Small business CEO: Trump reminds me of a "NY version" of Reagan". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Anthony Man (August 1, 2017). "Donald Trump's supporters in South Florida kick in cash for his re-election". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  25. Melody Hahm (November 7, 2016). "Yacht dealer CEO backing Trump has one big complaint about him". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  26. "Louis Sola and Evermarine, S. A." Yacht World. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  27. MotorBoating. August 2007. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  28. "Governor Rick Scott Appoints Three to Board of Pilot Commissioners". Florida Government. December 4, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  29. "Louis Sola". The Florida Senate. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  30. "Super PAC Exists to Help Big Donors Keep Their Identities in the Dark". CREW. 2016-01-29. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  31. "Read Why These 100 Business Leaders Want Trump for President". Fortune. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  32. "Donald Trump, businessman mal-aimé des milieux d'affaires" (in français). 2017-10-30. ISSN 0242-6056. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  33. "Some Republican Donors Against Trump Express Resignation After Romp". 2019-07-15. Retrieved 2019-07-16.

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