Committee Approves Deputy Secretary of Transportation Nomination

March 24, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved President Biden’s nomination of Polly Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation by a bipartisan 24-4 vote. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Chair of the committee, praised Trottenberg’s qualifications in her remarks at the hearing:

“I believe Ms. Trottenberg is extremely well-qualified for this job with 30 years of transportation expertise under her belt,” said Chair Cantwell. “I specifically want to highlight her role in implementation of Vision Zero, which is a traffic safety program, and its safety reforms implemented in New York City. They have paid huge dividends and saved lives. This strong leadership experience will serve Ms. Trottenberg well as she takes the fight against needless traffic deaths nationwide, and other issues of congestion. In our hearing with Ms. Trottenberg, she and I discussed the importance of support for transit agencies, freight infrastructure, at-grade crossings, the impact of COVID on the transportation sector overall, and the needs for us to continue to move forward on infrastructure investments in our nation. I appreciated her views and certainly support her nomination.”