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Obama tabs Trottenberg as USDOT transportation policy secretary


Last week, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Polly Trottenberg as assistant secretary for transportation policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

She is executive director of Building America's Future, a national bipartisan coalition that supports U.S. infrastructure investments and seeks a more accountable, sustainable and performance-driven national transportation policy. The coalition is chaired by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Trottenberg previously served in the U.S. Senate for 12 years, lastly as deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). She also was legislative director for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and a legislative assistant for transportation, public works and environment for the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.). In addition, Trottenberg previously served stints at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Massachusetts Port Authority and Joint Commerce and Labor Committee of the Massachusetts State Senate.

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