Former Federal Highway Administrator Names To Succeed Mineta
September 5, 2006 — President Bush has appointed former head of the Federal Highway Administration, Mary Peters, to succeed Norman Mineta as the next Department of Transportation Secretary. Mineta retired after nearly six years as Secretary in July this year and Maria Cino has been serving as interim Secretary since that time. Peters, FHA chief from 2001-2005, previously served Arizona's Department of Transportation for more than 15 years, including as director from 1998-2001.
Upon accepting the nomination Tuesday, Peters commented, "Our nation's transportation systems are essential to America's continued economic vitality and our ability as a nation to compete in a global economy, and, most importantly, to the quality of life of all Americans. Those systems have served our nation very well, but must rise to an even greater challenge in the future."
EAA President Tom Poberezny had established a solid working relationship with Secretary Mineta, who showed continuing interest in general aviation and attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on several occasions.
"Secretary Mineta was a friend to EAA and to sport and recreational aviation," Poberezny said. "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.
"We look forward to working with Secretary Peters and her staff on important issues that will affect not only EAA members but all of aviation."
Peters' appointment requires Senate confirmation.