Steven G. Bradbury became the Acting Secretary of Transportation this week, after former Secretary Elaine Chao resigned her position as U.S. DOT Secretary.
Bradbury will lead the Department's activities and its more than 55,000 employees and $87 billion budget for the remaining days of the Trump administration. President-elect Joe Biden has appointed former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary, who will assume the role once confirmed by the Senate.
Since September 10, 2019, Bradbury has been performing the functions and duties of the Office of Deputy Secretary of Transportation. Bradbury was sworn in on November 28, 2017, as the 23rd General Counsel of the U.S. DOT after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
Acting Secretary Bradbury released a statement on Jan. 12 to U.S. DOT personnel, which included the following:
"In accordance with the Department’s established order of succession, I assumed the duties of Acting Secretary of Transportation this morning. Our focus in the final days of the current Administration is to keep the Department under steady leadership and ensure an orderly transfer of power to the incoming team on January 20th. While the past week in Washington has been fraught and tumultuous, it remains a distinct honor and privilege to work for the American people in this great Department, and I am deeply gratified to serve with you as part of our DOT family. Thank you for everything you do every day to advance the important mission of DOT!"
SOURCE: U.S. DOT