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Senate confirms new transportation secretarySenate confirms new transportation secretary

Senate confirms new transportation secretary

Mary Peters

The full Senate approved the confirmation of Mary Peters as the new secretary of transportation Saturday morning. The vote was expected; there was no controversy during her confirmation hearing.

"Mary Peters reached out to me before the Senate vote, and we began the dialogue on user fees and general aviation," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "I'm sure that will be just the first of our many frank discussions of issues important to AOPA members and GA pilots."

"I am pleased that the Senate swiftly confirmed Mary Peters as Secretary of Transportation," said President George W. Bush. "Mary is an innovative thinker who will work with state and local leaders to confront challenges and solve problems. I look forward to working with her to reduce highway and aviation congestion, modernize our nation's infrastructure, and increase the efficiency of travel in our country."

Because the office has been filled by an acting secretary since Norman Mineta stepped down in July, Peters will likely be sworn in soon during a private ceremony so that she can get right to work. A public ceremony with the president will probably happen later.

Mary Peters previously served as head of the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration and as director of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

October 2, 2006

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