WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Tuesday confirmed Jeffrey A. Rosen as the 18th deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Rosen has extensive experience in the transportation sector, serving previously as General Counsel at both the Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget.
“I am delighted to welcome Deputy Secretary Jeff Rosen to the Department. His extensive background in transportation, budget, regulatory reform and management will be invaluable as we implement the President’s agenda,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
Rosen had been a senior partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, with whom he had been associated for nearly 30 years. Rosen was previously appointed as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Office of Management and Budget (2006 to 2009) and as General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Transportation (2003 to 2006).
While DOT general counsel he testified on behalf of the Bush administration before various Congressional committees on 10 different occasions and also had responsibility for DOT’s regulatory program, enforcement and litigation activities, legal issues relating to international activities involving transportation, legislative proposals and acted as counsel to then DOT Secretary Norman Mineta.
He also served on DOT’s Credit Council, which was responsible for four federal loan programs and was the government’s representative on the Amtrak Board of Directors.
During the current confirmation process, he received extensive praise for his experience from members of the Senate as well as key industry stakeholders, the DOT stated in a news release.
“Jeff has the experience, the skills, and the aptitude we want in a Deputy Secretary of Transportation. I am pleased the Senate confirmed him with a bipartisan vote and I know he and Secretary Chao will work very well together. I am looking forward to working with the both of them to advance the transportation interests in Ohio and our nation,” said U.S. Senator and former OMB Director Rob Portman, R-Ohio.
“We congratulate Jeff Rosen on his confirmation as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation and look forward to working with him on a host of issues impacting trucking, including improving the safety of our roads and investing to rebuild our infrastructure. Having held key positions at DOT as well as OMB prior to this nomination, Jeff brings tremendous experience and insight to this role and will serve the President, Secretary Chao and our nation well,” said Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
“On behalf of AASHTO and our state DOT members, I want to congratulate Deputy Secretary Jeff Rosen on his confirmation. We look forward to working with Jeff and his colleagues on the pressing need for investment in our national surface transportation system. Jeff brings tremendous expertise from his time at U.S. DOT and in other Federal service. And he understands the federal-state partnership in delivering transportation services, which will prove invaluable as we work to improve the nation’s infrastructure,” said Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Rosen said he was grateful to President Trump and Secretary Chao “for the opportunity to serve our country in this position and greatly look forward to applying my experience to DOT’s primary regulatory mission of safety as well as the urgent need to revitalize our nation’s infrastructure.
“Having served in senior government positions in the past, I’ve learned that forging good working relationships and utilizing effective communication will be keys to our success.”
Rosen has published several articles on regulatory, budget, and transportation topics. In addition, he is also a former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, and has been a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. Rosen has also served previously served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
Rosen was nominated for the position by President Donald Trump on March 8.
He received a B.A. with Highest Distinction from Northwestern University (1979) and a J.D. Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School (1982). He is a member of the D.C. Bar, as well as the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court and nine other courts. He and his wife, Dr. Kathleen Rosen, are residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia.