Bush selects head of transportation

News January 03, 2000
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President-elect George W. Bush closed his Cabinet selections yesterday by choosing Norm Mineta to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

Mineta served as secretary of commerce under President Clinton, and becomes the first Asian-American to serve in a Cabinet position. He's also the first Cabinet officer to move from the administration of one party to the succeeding administration of another.

"President-elect Bush's selection of Norm Mineta to be the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation is a solid choice," said American Road & Transportation Builders Association President and CEO Pete Ruane, who has been appointed to the Transition's Transportation Advisory Committee. "As a former chairman of the House Public Works and Transportation Committee and Aviation Subcommittee, few people have a better grasp and understanding of federal transportation funding and regulatory issues."

Mineta was a leader on transportation issues during a 20-year career in the House of Representatives. He was a major player in the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) that provided more than $150 billion in federal transportation investment over six years, and has been a loyal advocate of using all aviation and highway trust fund revenue in a timely manner for their intended purpose—transportation improvements. Mineta also was an early supporter of taking the transportation funds off-budget.

"He knows the key transportation players in the House and Senate and understands the need for bipartisanship in tackling the nation's transportation needs," added Ruane.

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