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Jennifer Homendy was sworn in last week as the 15th chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Homendy joined the NTSB Aug. 20, 2018, after 14 years of service as the Democratic staff director of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.
She previously held various positions with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, and the American Iron and Steel Institute. She is the fourth woman to lead the NTSB and one of 11 women who have served as board members.
"The country needs a robust and energetic NTSB to ensure safety is well represented in all modes of transportation. I look forward to supporting our outstanding staff and their work as we endeavor to make transportation safer for all," Homendy said in a press release.
As NTSB chair, Homendy succeeds Robert Sumwalt, who retired last month.