|20th United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation|
July 24, 2014 – January 20, 2017
Acting December 27, 2013 – July 24, 2014
|Preceded by||John D. Porcari|
|Succeeded by||Jeffrey A. Rosen|
|Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration|
July 17, 2009 – July 24, 2014
|Preceded by||Thomas J. Madison Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Gregory G. Nadeau|
|Alma mater||University of Texas, El Paso
Arizona State University, Tempe
Victor Mendez is the former Deputy Secretary of Transportation from 2014 to 2017 and was previously sworn in on July 17, 2009, as Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the 18th person to hold this position.
Mendez was previously Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), beginning in November 2001. Mendez started at ADOT in 1985 as a transportation engineer. He was later named deputy state engineer with ADOT's Valley Transportation Group, where he provided leadership for the Phoenix area's multibillion-dollar freeway system. He worked his way up the agency, becoming Deputy Director in 1999 and Acting Director four months before his appointment as Director.
In 2006, Mendez was elected president of both the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), its national counterpart. He chaired its Standing Committee on Research, the Operations Council of the Standing Committee on Highways, and the oversight group for the Transportation Research Board Long-Term Pavement Performance program.
As Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, Mendez encouraged the adoption of innovations in highways and supported international cooperation. In 2011, he signed the first Memorandum of Cooperation with the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories.
Mendez earned a civil engineering degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MBA from Arizona State University. Before joining ADOT, Mendez worked for the U.S. Forest Service as an engineer in Oregon.
Deputy Secretary of Transportation
- Press Release, FHWA 21-09, Monday, July 12, 2009
- Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate May 15, 2014
John D. Porcari
|United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation
Jeffrey A. Rosen
Thomas J. Madison Jr.
|Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration
Gregory G. Nadeau
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