Steven Bradbury named Acting Secretary of Transportation

Steven Bradbury
Steven G. Bradbury has been named Acting Secretary of Transportation after the resignation of former Secretary Elaine L. Chao. (Courtesy: U.S. Department of Transportation)

WASHINGTON — In the wake of the resignation of former Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, Steven G. Bradbury has been named Acting Secretary of Transportation, effective Jan. 12, 2021.

Bradbury was sworn in as the 23rd General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation on Nov. 28, 2017. Since Sept. 10, 2019, he has performed the functions and duties of the Office of Deputy Secretary of Transportation, as authorized by President Donald Trump.

As Acting Secretary, Bradbury leads the DOT’s activities and its more than 55,000 employees and $87 billion budget. As the DOT’s chief legal officer, Bradbury has the authority to resolve all legal questions concerning department policies and programs and oversees the activities of the department’s lawyers, safeguarding the integrity of the decision-making process, and ensuring compliance with applicable laws.

Bradbury issued the following statement to DOT staff on Jan. 12:

Dear DOT Colleagues:

In accordance with the Department’s established order of succession, I assumed the duties of Acting Secretary of Transportation this morning. Our focus in the final days of the current Administration is to keep the Department under steady leadership and ensure an orderly transfer of power to the incoming team on January 20th. While the past week in Washington has been fraught and tumultuous, it remains a distinct honor and privilege to work for the American people in this great Department, and I am deeply gratified to serve with you as part of our DOT family. Thank you for everything you do every day to advance the important mission of DOT!

Let me take this opportunity, as well, to thank Secretary Chao for her tremendous service to the Department and the Nation. Under her strong leadership this past four years, supported by the tireless efforts and dedication of the men and women of DOT, we have accomplished much: We have advanced the safety of our Nation’s transportation systems, helped pave the way for the future of mobility, strengthened America’s infrastructure, and provided effective assistance in response to the COVID public health emergency. All of us share in these accomplishments, and we wish Secretary Chao success and happiness in her future endeavors.

All the best to you and your families!
Steve Bradbury, Acting Secretary and General Counsel

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