|17th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration|
December 6, 2011 – January 6, 2018
Acting: December 6, 2011 – January 7, 2013
|Deputy||Victoria Wassmer (acting)|
|Preceded by||Randy Babbitt|
|Succeeded by||Stephen Dickson|
|United States Secretary of Transportation|
January 20, 2017 – January 31, 2017
|Preceded by||Anthony Foxx|
|Succeeded by||Elaine Chao|
|Born||November 18, 1956|
Riverside, California, U.S.
|Education||University of California, Riverside (BA)|
Princeton University (MPA)
Michael Peter Huerta (born November 18, 1956) is an American government official who served as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration from 2013 to 2018. He was also Acting U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President Donald Trump for 11 days in 2017 until the Senate confirmed the appointment of Elaine Chao to the position.
Huerta received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Riverside and his master's in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Huerta was commissioner of New York City's Department of Ports, International Trade and Commerce from 1986 to 1989 before leaving to serve as Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco until 1993. From 1993 to 1998 he held senior positions at the United States Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., serving under Secretaries Federico Peña and Rodney E. Slater during the Administration of President Bill Clinton.
Huerta was a Managing Director with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, preparing Salt Lake City's transportation outlets for the Olympics, and organizing the logistics for the Olympic flame for its journey from Athens, Greece to Salt Lake City, Utah.
From 2002 to 2009, Huerta was Group President of the Transportation Solutions Group at Affiliated Computer Services, a company later acquired by Xerox, specializing in business processes and information technology.
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On March 27, 2012, President Barack Obama formally nominated him to serve as the next permanent Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration for a term of five years; the nomination was subsequently confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 1, 2013.
From January 20 to January 31, 2017, Huerta was briefly the Acting Secretary of Transportation.
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