Former FAA Chief Jane Garvey Next Transportation Secretary?

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Jane Garvey, who served as FAA administrator from 1997 to 2002, will accept a position on the transition team for President-elect Barack Obama, it was announced on Wednesday. She will leave her current post as a board member for Bombardier, where she has served for about a year. "I would like to thank Jane Garvey for her sound advice and guidance during her tenure," said Bombardier Chairman Laurent Beaudoin. "We wish her great success." Garvey will take charge of reviewing transportation agencies' decisions and policies for the Obama transition team, according to the Montreal Gazette. She is also widely considered to be a top candidate for Secretary of Transportation in the new administration, which takes office in January. When she was appointed by President Bill Clinton, Garvey was the first woman to head the FAA and the first to serve a five-year term.

Garvey, 63, lives in Maine. Before joining the FAA, she was acting administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. AVweb's Liz Swaine spoke with Garvey in 2002 as she prepared to step down from her FAA post; click here for that exclusive report.