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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation has named Michael P. Jackson as its new Deputy Transportation Secretary.

"Michael’s experience in both the private sector and the government as well as his strong transportation background make him a valuable asset to the department’s senior management team," says U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. "I look forward to working with him as we further enhance the safety of our transportation system while addressing the growing problems of air and highway congestion."

Jackson will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of 11 modal administrations, and will be a key player in the department’s initiatives.

He has a lengthy transportation background, which includes a four-year stint as the senior vice-president and counselor to the president of the American Trucking Associations.

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