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Obama nominates new FAA chief

By Mike Ahlers, CNN
updated 12:18 AM EDT, Wed March 28, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Huerta's nomination will need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate
  • He was thrust into the job after the arrest of the former administrator

Washington (CNN) -- Michael Huerta, who was thrust into the job of acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration following the arrest of the agency's leader on drunk driving charges, has been nominated to head the agency.

President Barack Obama nominated Huerta to serve as administrator of the FAA on Tuesday.

Huerta had been serving as the departmental deputy when then-administrator Randy Babbitt was arrested near his Northern Virginia home in December on charges of driving while intoxicated.

When Babbitt resigned his post, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood elevated Huerta to it.

Huerta's nomination will need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Prior to working at the FAA, Huerta was president of the Transportation Solutions Group of Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., a technology services provider supporting transportation agencies worldwide.

He was also managing director of transportation communication for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

He served as chief of staff of the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1997 to 1998 and as associate deputy secretary in the Office of Intermodalism at the DOT from 1992 to 1997.

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