Wednesday, January 21, 2009

LaHood Expected to be Next SecTrans

Well, it appears that Ray LaHood, a retired Republican Congressman from Peoria, Illinois is going to be the next Secretary of Transportation.

While I was initially shocked and disappointed in this nomination, I have decided to withhold judgment for the time being. His statements indicate that he is more open to transit than I had originally feared, and despite having no prior transportation experience, he seems to have a decent grasp on the purview of the DOT.

Still, it should be noted that many are antsy about this pick, including the Business Travel writer for the Washington Post (see Tokenism).

For a more detailed description of today's hearings, see the Transport Politic's discussion.

Also, see Mr. LaHood's prepared statement for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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