AASHTO Journal

Senate Confirms Rosen as USDOT Deputy Secretary

​The Senate voted 56-42 on May 16 to confirm Jeffrey Rosen as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, installing the second of President Trump's nominees for Senate-confirmed positions at the department.

Rosen, who until now has been had been a senior partner at the Kirkland and Ellis law firm in Washington, D.C., previously served as general counsel at both the USDOT and the White House Office of Management and Budget.

capitol0816.jpg"I am delighted to welcome Deputy Secretary Jeff Rosen to the department," said Secretary Elaine Chao, who was confirmed Jan. 31 and had been the only confirmed USDOT appointee. "His extensive background in transportation, budget, regulatory reform and management will be invaluable as we implement the president's agenda."

Separately, the White House also announced May 16 that it had sent to the Senate the president's nomination of Derek Kan to be the USDOT's undersecretary for policy. 

Trump on April 6 had announced his intention to nominate Kan to that post, and now that he has formally submitted the nomination the Senate can begin its consideration.

The USDOT announcement on Rosen included comments from officials at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the American Trucking Associations.

Bud Wright, AASHTO's executive director, said: "On behalf of AASHTO and our state DOT members, I want to congratulate Deputy Secretary Jeff Rosen on his confirmation. We look forward to working with Jeff and his colleagues on the pressing need for investment in our national surface transportation system. Jeff brings tremendous expertise from his time at USDOT and in other federal service. And he understands the federal-state partnership in delivering transportation services, which will prove invaluable as we work to improve the nation's infrastructure."

ATA President Chris Spear added that officials at his association will work with Rosen "on a host of issues impacting trucking, including improving the safety of our roads and investing to rebuild our infrastructure."

Rosen said he looked 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." He added that in past government jobs "I've learned that forging good working relationships and utilizing effective communication will be keys to our success."

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