Secretary Mineta A Friend To EAA, Aviation
DOT Chief Announces Retirement
Tom Poberezny and Norman Mineta
June 24, 2006 — Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta announced his resignation Friday morning after serving in that capacity for more than five years. EAA President Tom Poberezny wished the Secretary well and thanked him for his leadership.
"Secretary Mineta, both as an elected official and as Secretary of Transportation, has been a friend to EAA and to sport and recreational aviation," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "Under his watch, the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rules became a reality. He's been to Oshkosh on a number of occasions and we truly enjoyed working with him. He's been open, honest, fair, and supportive. We thank him for his leadership as Secretary and wish him the best."
Mineta will step down effective July 7, 2006. He became the 14th Secretary of Transportation on January 25, 2001 and was the longest serving DOT secretary in the country's history. Before he joined President Bush's administration, Mineta, 74, served as secretary of commerce under President Clinton. Prior to that Mineta represented a California district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1995.