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President Bush to nominate Rutter as FRA head

President George W. Bush April 3 announced his intention to nominate Allan Rutter as administrator of Federal Railroad Administration.
Rutter has served as transportation policy director in the Texas governor’s office since 1995, following a stint as deputy executive director of the Texas High-Speed Rail Authority from 1990 to 1995.
He also served as senior budget analyst under former Texas Governors Mark White and William Clements from 1985 to 1990.
Rutter holds a Master’s degree in public affairs from Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.
Rutter’s nomination now moves to the Senate for confirmation.
FRA General Counsel Mark Lindsey has been serving as acting FRA deputy administrator in place of former Deputy Administrator Jack Wells, who’s post terminated in late January with the Clinton Administration.
Since its administrator is a political post, FRA could not name an acting administrator after former administrator Jolene Molitoris resigned Dec. 31 to become president and chief executive officer of GeoFocus Inc., a Geographic Information System and Global Positioning Satellite wireless technology provider.
In a prepared statement, Association of American Railroads President and Chief Executive Officer Edward Hamberger praised President Bush’s choice of Rutter.
"His extensive transportation background means that he starts out with a solid understanding of the issues and a well-rounded expertise in rail policy," he said. "He has garnered the respect of management and labor alike."

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