Ryan Holeywell over at Governing Magazine has put together a pretty comprehensive list of possible contenders for the top job at U.S. DOT, if Ray LaHood makes good on his word and splits for the private sector. It’s unclear when he’s leaving, or if he even really meant to say he was definitely leaving, but odds are there will be a vacancy over there pretty soon.
So, we’re accepting applications. Generous benefits package, all federal holidays off, metro-accessible office, Starbucks downstairs. You get your name in Streetsblog. What more could you want?
Cast your vote before midnight Sunday night and we’ll report back on the official Streetsblog choice for the next top dog. Oh, and since there are so many superstars to choose from on this list, go ahead and pick up to three.
Who's your pick to be the next U.S. Transportation Secretary?
- Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC's Transportation Commissioner: Have you been to New York lately? Well have you? Case closed. (33%, 108 Votes)
- L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: It would have taken anyone else 30 years to get L.A.'s transit system to where this man will take it in 10 -- and he's taken his formula national (23%, 73 Votes)
- Gabe Klein, head of Chicago DOT: He's revolutionizing Chicago with bike lanes and pedestrian safety like he did in DC (22%, 72 Votes)
- Don't go, Ray! (19%, 61 Votes)
- Former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar: What a different world it would be if his transportation bill had passed in 2009 (17%, 55 Votes)
- U.S. Rep Earl Blumenauer: So "bike-partisan" he speaks on the floor of Congress with his pant cuff tucked into his sock, also has a plan to cure the U.S. addiction to oil and supports transit (15%, 48 Votes)
- FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff: Wouldn't hurt to bring a transit man in to run the whole show -- especially one who rides a bike (8%, 26 Votes)
- U.S. Rep Steve LaTourette: He's quitting Congress because the GOP went too far right for a moderate like him -- sort of like Ray LaHood... (6%, 20 Votes)
- Brookings Institution VP Bruce Katz: He founded the Metropolitan Policy Program to curb sprawl, promote equity, and support mixed-use development (5%, 16 Votes)
- Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell: He's out there pushing for infrastructure investment even when no one's listening (5%, 15 Votes)
- Other: There are lots of other worthy folks on Ryan's list that deserve your votes. Leave write-in candidates' names in the comments. (2%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 323