Former Secretary of Transportation and roadway safety leader Norm Y. Mineta passed away on May 3, 2022, at the age of 90.
ATSSA President and CEO Stacy Tetschner issued the following statement: The country has lost a leader and staunch supporter of roadway safety. Mineta was the U.S.’s longest serving Secretary of Transportation and launched the Decade of Action for Road Safety in Washington, D.C. during his tenure. He was a vocal supporter of National Work Zone Awareness Week and as a champion of the transportation industry. Perhaps most significantly, Secretary Mineta worked with ATSSA in establishing the nation’s first dedicated federal program for roadway safety infrastructure, the Highway Safety Improvement Program. Tens of thousands of people are alive today directly because of Secretary Mineta’s passion for roadway safety. His legacy will live on in the work that our members do every day in making roads safer.
Norm Mineta served as Secretary of Transportation under the George W. Bush Administration and Secretary of Commerce under Bill Clinton’s Administration. In 2006, Secretary Mineta received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. During his tenure as Transportation secretary, Mineta oversaw the creation of the Transportation Security Administration in response to the September 11 attacks which occurred during his time as secretary.