Sandberg sworn in as new FMCSA administrator

| 8/6/2003

Annette M. Sandberg was sworn in Aug. 5 as the administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. President Bush nominated Sandberg in March, and the Senate confirmed her July 31.

DOT Secretary Norman Mineta said, "She has shown leadership in dealing with key issues within the department and is an especially able champion of our goal to improve truck and bus safety."

Mineta appointed Sandberg as deputy administrator of the FMCSA in November 2002. She had been acting administrator since December 2002. The FMCSA was established Jan. 1, 2000, to improve truck and bus safety.

"It's an honor and a pleasure to be the FMCSA's administrator," Sandberg said. "As administrator, I will work to ensure that FMCSA continues to meet its goal of reducing commercial vehicle-related fatalities and injuries."

Before joining the FMCSA, Sandberg was the deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Earlier, she was an attorney with the Maple Valley Law Group, representing employers in labor and employment issues.

Before her law career, she held law-enforcement, supervisory and administrative posts with the Washington State Patrol, where she became the first woman in the country to lead a state police agency. She served as chief of the Washington State Patrol for six years. 

Sandberg has a bachelor's degree from Central Washington University. She received her law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1993 and graduated magna cum laude from the City University, Bellevue, WA, with a master’s of business administration degree in 1996. Additionally, she attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and the FBI's National Executive Institute.