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12/16/2005



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It's official: Nober won't seek second term as STB chief


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This week, Roger Nober made it official: On Jan. 3, he’ll step down as chairman of the Surface Transportation Board to “pursue new challenges.”

In October, Nober had indicated that he wouldn’t seek a second term as STB chair. His current term expires Dec. 31.

In a letter he sent earlier this week to President George W. Bush and U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, Nober characterized his decision as “difficult,” but said it was the “best course for me and my family.”

In late 2002, President Bush nominated Nober as STB chairman to succeed Linda Morgan. Nober was confirmed by the Senate on Nov. 14, 2002, and appointed chairman on Nov. 26, 2002.

Before joining the board, Nober served as counselor to the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation, chief counsel to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, counsel to the transportation committee’s Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, and minority counsel to the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Surface Transportation.



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