Rodney E. Slater
|13th United States Secretary of Transportation|
February 14, 1997 – January 20, 2001
|Preceded by||Federico Peña|
|Succeeded by||Norman Mineta|
|Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration|
June 3, 1993 – February 14, 1997
|Preceded by||Thomas D. Larson|
|Succeeded by||Kenneth R. Wykle|
Rodney Earl Slater
February 23, 1955
Marianna, Arkansas, U.S.
|Education||Eastern Michigan University (BA)|
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (JD)
Rodney Earl Slater (born February 23, 1955) is an American politician of the Democratic Party who served as the United States Secretary of Transportation under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001. Prior to being appointed to the Clinton Cabinet, Slater served as the administrator of the Federal Highway Administration from 1993 to 1997.
Slater became a research assistant to the State Judiciary Committee of the Arkansas Constitutional Convention in 1979–80, an assistant attorney general for the state of Arkansas in 1980. He was appointed to several state government positions in Arkansas by Bill Clinton. Positions included assistant to the governor between 1983 and 1987, and member of the Arkansas State Highway Commission between 1987 and 1993. Slater was also the director of governmental affairs for Arkansas State University during that time.
Appointment to federal positions
Slater was able to muster bipartisan support in congress for his projects including:
- Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), making a record $200 billion investment in surface transportation.
- Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR-21), which provides a record $46 billion to provide safety and security of the nation's aviation system
- Negotiated of 40 Open skies agreements with other countries
Slater is a partner at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Squire Patton Boggs, where he is head of the transportation practice and works on projects related to the transportation infrastructure. He is also a partner in James Lee Witt Associates, a risk management firm headed by former Federal Emergency Management Agency director James Lee Witt.
He serves on the board of directors of Africare, a nonprofit providing development aid to countries in Africa, and The Dance Theater of Harlem, and is the chair of the Board of Trustees of United Way. Slater also serves on the corporate boards of Delta Air Lines and Verizon. He has been appointed to join the board of WS Atkins as a non-executive director effective 9 September 2011.
As of December 3, 2014 Slater was appointed to serve as special counsel to Takata Corporation in support with Takata's dealings on the 2013 airbag recall issues they are facing. They will advise the Company as they address the current challenges Takata faces. He also led a safety advisory panel for Toyota and served as independent monitor for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
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