The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been without an official leader since Mark Rosekind stepped down from the position just before President Trump’s inauguration in January of 2017. Heidi King aims to change that by becoming the administration’s next leader. Earlier this month she earned the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s approval.
King is no stranger to the administration, especially since she’s been working as the active agency head since last September. Prior to that she’s worked in various roles including: chief economist for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, volunteer emergency medical technician, global director of environmental health and safety risk for General Electric and also working for Telecordia Technologies in the private sector.
The National Safety Council (NSC) showed its support for King after her April nomination. “King understands the importance of proven strategies combined with forward thinking innovation …We look forward to working closely with her to eliminate preventable deaths and make our roads safer,” the NSC said in a press release.
The next step for King following her recent senate approval, is to wait for Senate confirmation, and when that will take place is unknown.