Secretary Norman Mineta announced Wednesday that Martin T.
Whitmer Jr. is DOT's new deputy chief of staff, replacing
Vincent T. Taylor, who last month became DOT's assistant
secretary for administration.
am pleased to advance Martin to deputy chief of staff. He
has helped the department move forward on many important
issues – most notably surface transportation policy, safety,
energy and environmental stewardship," Mineta said.
to his chief of staff role, Whitmer also will serve as the
secretary's point person on the reauthorization of the Transportation
Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and the energy bill.
to press reports, Deputy Transportation Secretary Michael
Jackson said the department would unveil its highway reauthorization
plan "soon" – but he said the plan would call for
$195 billion for federal highway spending over the next six
years. The last surface transportation reauthorization bill
spent $168 billion over six years on highways.
joined DOT in March 2001 as an assistant to the secretary
for policy. In that capacity, he advised the secretary on
highway, transit, energy, motor carrier and safety issues.
that, from 1997 to 2001, Whitmer was the vice president of
Government Relations for the American Road and Transportation
Builders Association (ARTBA), where he directed legislative
and coalition activities that helped enact the TEA-21.
served as the Republican lobbyist for the Laborers' International
Union of North America (LIUNA) from 1994 to 1996. In 1993,
he worked for the National Rifle Association and former U.S.
Sen. Phil Gramm (D-TX).