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Secretary of Transportation of the United States of America
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Flag of the Secretary of Transportation
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Incumbent
Anthony R. Foxx

since July 2, 2013
U.S. Department of Transportation
Member of Cabinet
Reports to The President
Seat Washington, D.C.
Appointer The President
Term length No fixed term
Constituting instrument 49 U.S.C. § 102
Formation October 15, 1966
First holder Alan Stephenson Boyd
Succession Thirteenth
(Presidential Line of Succession)
Deputy Deputy Secretary of Transportation
Salary Executive Schedule, level 1
Website www.dot.gov

The United States Secretary of Transportation is the head of the United States Department of Transportation, a member of the President's Cabinet, and thirteenth in the Presidential Line of Succession.[1] The post was created with the formation of the Department of Transportation on October 15, 1966, by President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the Department of Transportation Act.[2] The Department's mission is "to develop and coordinate policies that will provide an efficient and economical national transportation system, with due regard for need, the environment, and the national defense."[2] The Secretary of Transportation oversees eleven agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.[2] In April 2008, Mary Peters launched the official blog of the Secretary of Transportation called The Fast Lane.[3]

The first Secretary of Transportation was Alan Stephenson Boyd, nominated to the post by Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson. Ronald Reagan's second Secretary of Transportation, Elizabeth Dole, was the first female holder, and Mary Peters was the second. Gerald Ford's nominee William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr. was the first African American to serve as Transportation Secretary, and Federico Peña, serving under Bill Clinton, was the first Hispanic to hold the position, subsequently becoming Secretary of Energy. Japanese American Norman Mineta, who had previously been Secretary of Commerce, is the longest-serving Secretary, holding the post for over five and a half years,[2] and Andrew Card is the shortest-serving Secretary, serving only eleven months. Neil Goldschmidt was the youngest secretary, taking office at age thirty-nine, while Norman Mineta was the oldest, retiring at age seventy-four.[4] On January 23, 2009, the sixteenth secretary Ray LaHood took office, serving under the administration of Democrat Barack Obama; he had previously been a Republican Congressman from Illinois for fourteen years.[5] The salary of the Secretary of Transportation is $199,700.[6]

Anthony Foxx, the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina was nominated by President Barack Obama on April 29, 2013, to succeed Ray LaHood. On June 27, 2013 the Senate confirmed his appointment by a vote of 100-0.[7]

Secretaries of Transportation[edit]

# Image Name State of residence Took office Left office Party President(s) served under
1 Black-and-white photo of a balding man in a suit and striped tie Boyd, Alan S.Alan S. Boyd Florida January 16, 1967 January 20, 1969 Democratic Johnson, Lyndon B.Lyndon B. Johnson
2 Black-and-white photo of man in a suit and black tie Volpe, John A.John A. Volpe Massachusetts January 22, 1969 February 2, 1973 Republican Nixon, Richard M.Richard M. Nixon
3 Black-and-white photo of a bald man wearing glasses and a suit with a striped tie Brinegar, Claude S.Claude S. Brinegar California February 2, 1973 February 1, 1975 Republican Nixon, Richard M.Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford
4 Black-and-white photo of an African American man in a suit wearing glasses looking to his left Coleman, Jr., William T.William T. Coleman, Jr. Pennsylvania March 7, 1975 January 20, 1977 Republican Ford, Gerald R.Gerald R. Ford
5 Black-and-white photo of a man in a suit smiling Adams, BrockBrock Adams Washington January 23, 1977 July 20, 1979 Democratic Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter
6 Black-and-white photo of a man with a wide smile and short curly hair wearing a light-colored suit Goldschmidt, Neil E.Neil E. Goldschmidt Oregon August 15, 1979 January 20, 1981 Democratic Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter
7 Black-and-white photo of a man wearing a suit sitting at a desk with his hands folded on it and the DOT logo and US flag behind him Lewis, DrewDrew Lewis Pennsylvania January 23, 1981 February 1, 1983 Republican Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan
8 Smiling woman wearing earrings and a red shirt Dole, Elizabeth H.Elizabeth H. Dole Kansas February 7, 1983 September 30, 1987 Republican Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan
9 Black-and-white photo of a man in a suit and combed-over hair with the US flag behind him Burnley IV, James H.James H. Burnley IV North Carolina December 3, 1987 January 30, 1989 Republican Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan
10 Smiling man with thinning hair wearing a suit and a blue tie with the US flag behind him Skinner, Samuel K.Samuel K. Skinner Illinois February 6, 1989 December 13, 1991 Republican Bush, George H. W.George H. W. Bush
11 Smiling man wearing a suit and a red tie Card, Andrew H.Andrew H. Card Massachusetts February 24, 1992 January 20, 1993 Republican Bush, George H. W.George H. W. Bush
12 Hispanic man with large glasses and black hair with the US flag behind him Peña, FedericoFederico Peña Colorado January 21, 1993 February 14, 1997 Democratic Clinton, BillBill Clinton
13 African American man with short hair and a short mustache Slater, Rodney E.Rodney E. Slater Arkansas February 14, 1997 January 20, 2001 Democratic Clinton, BillBill Clinton
14 Older Japanese American man with glasses wearing a suit with a red tie with the US flag behind him Mineta, Norman Y.Norman Y. Mineta California January 25, 2001 August 7, 2006 Democratic Bush, George W.George W. Bush
15 Woman with long brown hair with the US flag behind hier Peters, Mary E.Mary E. Peters Arizona October 17, 2006 January 20, 2009 Republican Bush, George W.George W. Bush
16 Older man with bushy eyebrows and gray hair in a sui with the US flag behind himt LaHood, Ray H.Ray H. LaHood Illinois January 23, 2009 July 2, 2013 Republican Obama, BarackBarack Obama
17 Mayor Anthony Foxx, Charlotte NC Foxx, Anthony R.Anthony R. Foxx North Carolina July 2, 2013 present Democratic Obama, BarackBarack Obama

Line of succession[edit]

The line of succession regarding who would act as Secretary of Transportation in the event of a vacancy or incapacitation is as follows:[8]

  1. Deputy Secretary of Transportation
  2. Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy
  3. General Counsel
  4. Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs
  5. Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy
  6. Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs.
  7. Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs
  8. Assistant Secretary for Administration
  9. Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration
  10. Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
  11. Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  12. Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration
  13. Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration
  14. Administrator of the Maritime Administration
  15. Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
  16. Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  17. Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration
  18. Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
  19. Regional Administrator, Southern Region, Federal Aviation Administration
  20. Director, Resource Center, Lakewood, Colorado, Federal Highway Administration
  21. Regional Administrator, Northwest Mountain Region, Federal Aviation Administration

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "3 U.S.C. § 19 - Vacancy in offices of both President and Vice President; officers eligible to act". Legal Information Institute. Cornell University Law School. 
  2. ^ a b c d Grinder, R. Dale. "The United States Department of Transportation: A Brief History". U.S. Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ "A Chronology of Dates Significant in the Background, History and Development of the Department of Transportation". U.S. Department of Transportation. August 14, 2009. Retrieved January 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Biographical Sketches of the Secretaries of Transportation". U.S. Department of Transportation. August 14, 2009. Retrieved January 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Ray LaHood—Secretary of Transportation". U.S. Department of Transportation. July 22, 2009. Retrieved January 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Salary Table No. 2010—Ex". U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Retrieved January 3, 2010. 
    "5 U.S.C. § 5312 - Positions at level I". Legal Information Institute. Cornell University Law School. 
  7. ^ Harrison, Steve. (2013-06-28) Cabinet post caps Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx's steep ascent. CharlotteObserver.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-28.
  8. ^ Obama, Barack (January 14, 2009). "Executive Order 13485: Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Transportation". NASA Online Directives Information System. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 

The order of succession of the U.S. Department of Transportation is as follows <http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-5543.pdf>:

(1) Deputy Secretary. (2) Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy. (3) General Counsel. (4) Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs. (5) Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy. (6) Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs. (7) Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs. (8) Assistant Secretary for Administration. (9) Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (10) Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (11) Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (12) Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (13) Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (14) Administrator of the Maritime Administration (15) Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (16) Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (17) Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (18) Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (19) Regional Administrator, Southern Region, Federal Aviation Administration (20) Director, Resource Center, Lakewood, Colorado, Federal Highway Administration (21) Regional Administrator, Northwest Mountain Region, Federal Aviation Administration [edit]

External links[edit]

United States presidential line of succession
Preceded by
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Shaun Donovan
14th in line Succeeded by
Secretary of Energy
Ernest Moniz