Senate approves Rosen as USDOT deputy secretary

Written by Mischa Wanek-Libman, editor
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The U.S. Senate confirmed Jeffrey Rosen as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on May 16. Rosen is the 18th deputy secretary in USDOT's 50-year history.


“I am delighted to welcome Deputy Secretary Jeff Rosen to the department. His extensive background in transportation, budget, regulatory reform and management will be invaluable as we implement the president’s agenda,” said USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao.

Rosen is a Harvard law graduate and served as general counsel and senior policy advisor for the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2006 to 2009 and as general council at USDOT from 2003 to 2006.

“I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary Chao for the opportunity to serve our country in this position and greatly look forward to applying my experience to DOT’s primary regulatory mission of safety, as well as the urgent need to revitalize our nation’s infrastructure,” said Deputy Secretary Rosen. “Having served in senior government positions in the past, I’ve learned that forging good working relationships and utilizing effective communication will be keys to our success.”

Rosen’s confirmation comes shortly before the Trump administration plans to release its much-anticipated infrastructure proposal, which Sec. Chao said would happen in a matter of weeks.

Rosen’s Senate vote was not completely drama-free, as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced her intension to withhold support from any and all USDOT nominees until funding is released for Caltrain’s electrification project.

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