Michael P. Jackson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week to take his post as deputy secretary of transportation.
"Michaels experience in both the private sector and the government as well as his strong transportation background make him a valuable asset to the departments senior management team," said Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta.
As deputy secretary, Jackson will serve as the departments chief operating officer with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of 11 modal administrations and the work of 100,000 DOT employees nationwide and overseas.
Jackson previously served at the DOT as chief of staff to Secretary Andrew H. Card Jr. from 1992 to 1993. From 1993 until 1997, Jackson was senior vice president and counselor to the president of the American Trucking Associations where he oversaw freight, technology and international trade matters. Before returning to the DOT, Jackson worked in the private sector as vice president and general manager for business development at Lockheed Martin IMS Transportation Systems and Services.
Jackson graduated with honors from the University of Houston and received a Ph.D. in political science from Georgetown University.