President Bush has named
Kirk Van Tine, formerly DOT's general counsel under Transportation Secretary
Mineta, as the Department of
Transportation's acting deputy secretary.
The appointment puts him in the department’s No. 2 position.
In September, Bush nominated Van Tine to be deputy secretary. However,
the Senate recessed for the holidays without voting on the nomination.
Mineta said Bush's action allows Van Tine to assume the job immediately,
and that DOT will work with the Senate next year to get Van Tine confirmed. If
confirmed, he would succeed Michael Jackson in that post.
Before joining DOT in September 2001, Van Tine was a partner in the law
firm of Baker Botts, and headed the firm's 40-lawyer litigation group in