Peters on tap for Transportation Secretary

Mary Peters, currently acting Transportation Secretary, will be nominated by President Bush to the post of Secretary. The President made the announcement September 5.

"Mary Peters is the right person for this job," Bush said in a news conference. "She brings a lifetime of experience on transportation issues, from both the private and public sectors."

Her nomination will be presented to the Senate for approval.

Pat Quinn, American Trucking Associations chairman, said: "I have had the pleasure of serving with Mary Peters on the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission and have been impressed with her insights into the challenges we face with maintaining and improving our nation's infrastructure. I hope for an early Senate confirmation process so we can all benefit from her strong leadership of our nation's transportation programs."

Peters became acting Secretary at the July 7 resignation of Norman Mineta. She served as head of the Federal Highway Administration from 2001 to 2005, resigning July 13, 2005, to return to private life in Arizona. Before coming to Washington, Peters served as director of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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