WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 3, 2001) — President-elect George W. Bush Tuesday named Norm Mineta, a Democrat and former Chairman of the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation, as Secretary of Transportation.
He is President Clinton’s current Commerce Secretary.
Mineta, who led a special panel on truck safety during the Clinton administration, recommended formation of a federal organization to oversee trucking, later implemented as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
In accepting Bush’s nomination, Mineta noted that there is no such thing as Democratic or Republican highways, and called a poor infrastructure a major threat to economic growth.
Mineta’s appointment was endorsed by the American Trucking Associations.
“With this nomination, the President-Elect has chosen a leader of stature and experience,” said ATA President and CEO Walter McCormick Jr. “ATA looks forward to a strong partnership with the new secretary, working on the safety and regulatory issues important to the trucking industry.”
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