Mary Peters has been nominated by President Bush to take over Norman Mineta's cabinet seat as Secretary of Transportation, the White House announced on Tuesday. Peters was formerly the head of the Federal Highway Administration and director of the Arizona Department of Transportation. She is currently working in the private sector as a transportation policy analyst. "Mary has a reputation for character and common sense," the president said. "She's an innovative thinker. She knows how to set priorities and to solve problems." In accepting the nomination, Peters noted that the nation's transportation infrastructure is "showing signs of aging." Increasing congestion on highways, railways, airports and seaports is "robbing our nation of productivity and our citizens of quality time with their families," she said. Peters' nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Mineta resigned from the job in June.