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Senate Confirms USDOT and FAA Nominees

The Senate confirmed by unanimous consent Tuesday the nominations of Michael Huerta as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration and Polly Trottenberg for under secretary of policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Huerta was confirmed for a five-year term to head up FAA. He has been serving as acting administrator since December 2011. He was previously nominated as deputy administrator by President Obama, a role he began in June 2010.

"I'm delighted Michael Huerta has been confirmed as FAA Administrator," said AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley. "We served together at the U.S. Department of Transportation during the Clinton administration. Having seen him in action as deputy administrator, I know he has the experience and skills to do the job."

Trottenberg's confirmation as USDOT under secretary means she will serve as the principal advisor to USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood and will be responsible for directing transportation policy development. Before entering this role, Trottenberg served as USDOT assistant secretary for transportation and spent more than a decade on Capitol Hill working on various issues, including transportation and the environment.

"We're pleased the Senate confirmed Polly as USDOT under secretary," Horsley said. "She was doing a great job as assistant secretary for transportation policy and I am confident she has the experience and background to take on this broader role. Two issues we most look forward to working on with Polly are how to measure key aspects of performance in transportation and developing a national freight strategy."

Additional information on Trottenberg is available at Huerta's biography can be found at ​​​

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