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Encyclopedia > Rodney E. Slater

Rodney Earl Slater (born in Marianna, Arkansas February 23, 1955) was the United States Secretary of Transportation under U. S. President Bill Clinton. Marianna is a city located in Lee County, Arkansas. ... February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Secretary of Transportation is the head of the United States Department of Transportation. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ...


Slater graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1977, and received his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Arkansas in 1980. Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is a comprehensive, co-educational public university located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. ... Juris Doctor (J.D.) is a first degree in law offered by universities in a number of countries, most notably the United States. ... The University of Arkansas is a public co-educational land-grant university. ...


Slater became an assistant attorney general for the state of Arkansas in 1980. He was appointed to several state government positions in Arkansas by Bill Clinton, who was then the governor of Arkansas. Slater was also the director of governmental affairs for Arkansas State University during that time. Arkansas State University student union, Jonesboro, AR. Arkansas State University (ASU) is the second largest university in the State of Arkansas, located atop 800 acres on Crowleys Ridge at Jonesboro, Arkansas. ...


After Clinton became president, Slater became the first African American Director of the Federal Highway Administration. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a division of the United States Department of Transportation that specializes in highway transportation. ...


In 1997, Slater was appointed to be the Secretary of Transportation. The United States Secretary of Transportation is the head of the United States Department of Transportation. ...


Slater was able to muster bipartisan support in congress for his projects including:

  • The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), making a record $200 billion investment in surface transportation.
  • The Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR-21), which provides a record $46 billion to provide safety and security of the nation's aviation system.
  • Negotiation of 40 Open Skies Agreements with other countries.

Currently As of 2005 Slater is an attorney with the firm of Patton Boggs, LLP., where he works on projects related to the transportation infrastructure. He currently serves on the board of directors of Africare and is the chair of the Board of Trustees of United Way. Wendell Hampton Ford (born September 8, 1924) is an American politician from Kentucky who belongs to the Democratic Party. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Africare is a non-profit organization specialized in development aid for Africa. ... The United Way of America is a coalition of charitable organizations that has traditionally pooled efforts in fund raising. ...

Preceded by:
Federico Peña
U.S. Secretary of Transportation
1997–2001
Succeeded by:
Norman Mineta
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