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Michael Huerta

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Michael Huerta
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Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
Incumbent
In office
5 years
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
NominatedMarch 27, 2012
ConfirmedJanuary 1, 2013
AppointedJanuary 7, 2013
Appointed byBarack Obama
Prior offices
Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
2009-2013
Managing Director of the 2002 Olympic Committee
1998-2002
Chief of Staff for U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater
1997-1998
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California Riverside
Master'sPrinceton University
Personal
BirthdayNovember 18, 1956
Place of birthRiverside, California
Websites
Office website
Michael Peter Huerta (b. November 18, 1956, in Riverside, California) is the current Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 1, 2013, by a voice vote.[1] The position was left vacant for over a year after previous administrator, Randy Babbitt, resigned following a drunk driving arrest.

He previously served as Acting Administrator and Deputy Administrator of the FAA. He also served in the U.S. Department of Transportation during the Clinton administration.[2]

Biography

Huerta was born in California and attended the University of California - Riverside for political science before earning a Master of International Relations from Princeton University.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Huerta's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1978: Graduated from the University of California Riverside
  • 1980: Earned master's degree from Princeton University
  • 1986-1989: Commissioner of the Department of Ports for New York City
  • 1989-1993: Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco
  • 1993-1997: Associate Deputy Secretary for U.S. Transportation Secretary Federico Pena
  • 1997-1998: Chief of Staff for U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater
  • 1998-2002: Managing Director of the 2002 Olympic Committee
  • 2002-2009: Various positions at Affiliated Computer Services rising to President of the Transportation Solutions Group
  • 2009-2013: Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
  • 2013-Present: Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration

Confirmation vote

Huerta was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 1, 2013, by a voice vote. His confirmation was delayed by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) in hopes of Mitt Romney winning the 2012 presidential election and appointing a candidate more aligned with Republican policies.[1]

Analysis

Agency budget

Federal Aviation Administration Annual Budget
YearBudget (in billions)% Difference from previous year
2014$31.82.58%
2013$31.0N/A
  • Note: 2014 only represents the agency's budget request, not an enacted budget.

Personal

Huerta is married.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Randy Babbitt
Administrator of the FAA
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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