Mary Peters (politician)
|15th United States Secretary of Transportation|
October 17, 2006 – January 20, 2009
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Norman Mineta|
|Succeeded by||Ray LaHood|
December 4, 1948 |
|Alma mater||University of Phoenix|
Mary E. Peters (born December 4, 1948) served as the United States Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush from 2006 to 2009. She is the second woman to hold the position after Elizabeth Dole.
Public service career
In 2006, President Bush appointed Peters as the Co-Vice Chairwoman of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. She resigned the post of Secretary of Transportation in anticipation of the in-coming Obama administration. She was succeeded by Ray LaHood, the 16th U.S. Secretary of Transportation on Thursday, January 22, 2009.
Arizona gubernatorial election speculation
In 2005, there was speculation that Peters would run for governor of Arizona in 2006. At the time, however, she said, while she believed she would have been a strong candidate, and was eligible to run despite having lived and registered to vote in Virginia, that questions about her eligibility would have been a distraction from the race. She was also a speculated candidate for governor in 2010, but instead served as co-chair of incumbent governor Jan Brewer's election campaign (along with former state Attorney General Grant Woods). Peters is a transportation consultant for national engineering and planning organizations.
Peters and her husband, Terry Peters, have three grown children and several grandchildren.
In 2013, her husband, Terry Peters, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for raping a 7-year-old girl in 2008, while Mary Peters was in the Bush administration.  Peters decided not to divorce her husband, despite his conviction and imprisonment.
Peters is an advocate of leasing U.S. roads and interstates to private companies and having user fees (i.e., tolls) for building new highways. In an interview, Peters said that the National Highway System will run out of money by decade's end without substantial changes and, rather than raise taxes, some states should turn to toll roads leased to private corporations to fill gaps.
Her policies of promoting open borders for commerce created opposition from labor unions.
Mary Peters held a press conference on September 5, 2008 to report that Highway Trust Fund payments to states, including her native Arizona, would be cut back because federal fuel tax collections were dropping.
- "Biographical Sketches of the Secretaries of Transportation", U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Historian. Retrieved Feb 24, 2010.
- "Mary E. Peters: SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION" at the Wayback Machine (archived December 20, 2008), United States Department of Transportation website. (archived 2008)
- Official biography from the Department of Transportation
- Confirmation of the U.S. Senate on September 29, 2006
- "Husband of former U.S. Transportation Secretary accused of sexual abuse of minor," Arizona Central, June 24, 2012
- "Husband of former Transportation Secretary Mary Peters jailed for 14 years after raping a 7-year-old girl while she served in the Bush administration," Daily Mail, September 20, 2013
- "Terry Peters, Husband of Ex-Bush Official Mary Peters, Given 14 Years for Child Rape," Phoenix New Times, September 24, 2013
- Transportation secretary backs toll, lease options - Pennsyltucky Politics
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Served under: George W. Bush