Despite his role in the impeachment of President Clinton and support for Sen. John McCain in the election, former congressman Ray LaHood became the second Republican to sit in President Obama’s Cabinet when he was confirmed as Transportation Secretary in January. He succeeded Mary Peters, who served as DOT secretary from 2006 to 2009. LaHood retired from Congress in December at the end of his seventh term.
Former Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.), who retired in December at the end of his seventh term in Congress, has been confirmed to serve as secretary of transportation in President Obama’s Administration, making him the second Republican (after Defense Secretary Robert Gates) to sit in his Cabinet.
Jane Garvey, the first female FAA Administrator and the first agency boss to serve a full congressionally mandated five-year term, late last month joined the six-member transition team advising President-elect Barack Obama on transportation issues. After her tenure as FAA Administrator ended, she joined the Washington lobby firm APCO Worldwide, where she became executive vice president of its transportation practice.
Perhaps she didn’t know what crowd she was addressing, but Transportation Secretary Mary Peters voiced disapproval of the recently passed House FAA reauthorization bill (H.R.2881) at today’s opening ceremonies of the 60th annual NBAA Convention in Atlanta.
After becoming the longest-serving Transportation Secretary in the department’s history, Norman Mineta tendered his resignation to President Bush in June. The lone Democrat in the Cabinet, he said it was time to move on to other challenges and joined New York public relations firm Hill & Knowlton as vice chairman.
Mary Peters, who was head of the Federal Highway Administration from 2001 to 2005, is President Bush’s nominee for the post of Secretary of Transportation. If confirmed by the Senate, she will replace Norman Mineta, who resigned in June.