Who Will Succeed Mineta as DOT Secretary?
DOT Secretary Norman Mineta on Friday announced he will resign July 7 after serving in the Bush Administration for more than five years, saying, “It is time for me to move on to other challenges.” As a member of Congress in 1994, Mineta was credited by NBAA for helping to ensure passage of the General Aviation Revitalization Act. Other general aviation organizations also praised the 74-year-old Democrat for his efforts on behalf of general aviation. Mineta leaves his successor to resolve major transportation issues, including the future of the ATC system. Several names have emerged as potential successors, including FAA Administrator Marion Blakey. The Wall Street Journal noted that in addition to leading the DOT’s two most prominent agencies–the FAA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration–she has also chaired the NTSB. “But her relations with some in Congress have been rocky lately amid a contract fight with the air traffic controllers’ union,” said the Journal.