WASHINGTON: Former US Transportation Department secretary Norman Mineta has been named vice chairman of Hill & Knowlton, effective July 24. He will be based in Washington and report to H&K Chairman and CEO Paul Taaffe.
A former Congressman from California from 1975 to 1995, Mineta, 74, was secretary of the Commerce Department under President Bill Clinton and then became the only Democrat to serve in President George W. Bush's Cabinet.
The White House on June 23 announced that Mineta would officially resign from the Transportation Department on July 7.
In overseeing creation of the Transportation Security Agency after 9/11, Mineta managed the rapid and controversial hiring of thousands of airport security personnel, the installation of new screening technologies, and the extensive use of air marshals on commercial flights.
A former chairman of the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Mineta also helped shepherd the passage last year of a six-year, $286.4 billion highway bill.
Mineta served the longest term ever as Transportation Department secretary and is also a former mayor of San Jose, CA.