WASHINGTON — The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Wednesday called on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to approve the nomination of Nicole Nason to be the next administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.
Nason appeared before the panel Tuesday.
The FHWA has been without an administrator since Gregory Guy Nadeau left office at the end of the Obama administration.
“The Trump Administration made a wise choice with its nomination of Nicole Nason as the next FHWA administrator,” said Jim Tymon, AASHTO executive director. “Given her nomination hearing Tuesday which was well-received by both sides of the aisle, we ask for a speedy approval by both the Committee and the full Senate.
“Not only has Nason served as administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, she has also held the position of assistant secretary of government affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. We look forward to working with her to advance our nation’s transportation infrastructure goals through a strong partnership between FHWA and our state transportation departments.”
Nason, who currently serves as assistant secretary of the Bureau of Administration within the U.S. Department of State, spent five years in multiple transportation roles within the federal government.
From 2003 to 2006, she worked as assistant secretary for government affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation where she worked with Congress on a five year reauthorization of the federal surface transportation program.
She then served as NHTSA from 2006-2008 where she oversaw the development of new seat belt rules for school buses, rulemaking for electronic stability control systems, and the formulation of crash test rating criteria for the Five-Star Safety Ratings program.
From 2014-2017, Nason founded and ran Project Koe in Connecticut, empowering women and improving health and fitness using traditional Japanese martial arts techniques.
She earned a B.A. in Political Science and Government at American University and a J.D. at Case Western Reserve University.
There is no timetable for when her nomination will be sent to the full Senate.
After appearing before a committee, nominees typically submit answers to written question from committee members before sending the nomination to the floor.