Presidential transition of Barack Obama

February 6, 2013 - 11:48am
Ray LaHood

When then President-elect Barack Obama named retiring Republican congressman Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) to become his first secretary of transportation on Dec. 19, 2008, it raised more than a few eyebrows on both sides of the legislative aisle. But political blood proved thicker than water.

January 29, 2009 - 3:50am

Long-time veteran FAA executive Lynn Osmus has been named acting FAA Administrator, replacing acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell, who resigned January 16 after failing to win Senate confirmation to become the agency’s permanent administrator for five years.

January 8, 2009 - 11:39am

Current acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell announced on Tuesday that Lynne Osmus will become acting FAA Administrator when he departs the agency on Friday next week. The announcement came one day after Osmus was named acting Deputy Administrator by the outgoing Bush Administration. She is currently the FAA Assistant Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials, a position she has held since July 2003.

December 29, 2008 - 7:03am

Retiring congressman Ray LaHood (R-Ill.), who presided over the impeachment of President Clinton, was nominated December 19 as the new secretary of transportation in President-elect Barack Obama’s Administration and the second Republican to sit in his Cabinet.

December 23, 2008 - 8:20am

One of the chief architects of the 2003 demolition of Chicago’s Meigs Field has been arrested on federal bribery, corruption and fraud charges that include trying to sell the vacated U.S. Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama. John Harris, 46, was taken into FBI custody on December 9 along with Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.

December 18, 2008 - 11:10am

Retiring Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.), who presided over the impeachment of President Clinton, will be the new Secretary of Transportation in President-elect Barack Obama’s Administration and the second Republican to sit in his Cabinet.

December 1, 2008 - 11:02am

• Almost immediately after his election, President-elect Barack Obama considered possible members of his Cabinet and staff. Obama and vice president-elect Joe Biden will give up their seats in the Senate. The governors of Illinois and Delaware, respectively, will choose their replacements. Should any of the current members of Congress be called on to fill cabinet positions, their successors will also need to be chosen.

December 1, 2008 - 4:55am

Jane Garvey, the first female FAA Administrator and the first agency boss to serve a full congressionally mandated five-year term, late last month joined the six-member transition team advising President-elect Barack Obama on transportation issues. After her tenure as FAA Administrator ended, she joined the Washington lobby firm APCO Worldwide, where she became executive vice president of its transportation practice.

November 20, 2008 - 11:05am

Jane Garvey, the first female FAA Administrator and the first agency boss to serve a full congressionally mandated five-year term, is joining the six-member transition team advising President-elect Barack Obama on transportation issues. After her tenure as FAA Administrator ended, she joined the Washington lobby firm APCO Worldwide, where she became executive vice president of its transportation practice.

 
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