After becoming the longest-serving Transportation Secretary in the department’s history, Norman Mineta tendered his resignation to President Bush in June. The lone Democrat in the Cabinet, he said it was time to move on to other challenges and joined New York public relations firm Hill & Knowlton as vice chairman.
Bush nominated former Federal Highway Administrator Mary Peters to replace Mineta. She was sworn in by the President on October 17 following unanimous confirmation by the Senate.
Although most of Peters’s transportation experience is in the surface modes, she had a 16-year career with the Arizona Department of Transportation, which oversees aviation and 82 airports in the nation’s sixth largest state.
Former congressman Mineta, a long-time general aviation advocate and opponent of GA user fees, helped guide the passage of the General Aviation Revitalization Act in 1994, which resuscitated the moribund general aviation manufacturing industry.