You might remember Heidi King, as she was chosen by President Trump to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the first time, at the end of June. At the time King gained the Senate’s approval then awaited its confirmation before officially starting her new role in safety. To her dismay, she didn’t receive approval from the Senate during the previous Congress and has since been nominated for the second time by the President to lead the NHTSA.
Her second nomination was on January 16, 2019. King was unable to start her new position because it expired upon Congress’ adjournment, though she had gained approval from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The administration hasn’t had an official leader for two years since Mark Rosekind stepped down from the position in January 2017.
Currently King serves as NHTSA’s deputy administrator and has years of experience under her belt. In the past she’s served as a regulatory policy analyst at the Office of Management and Budget, and was previously a chief economist at the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Since the government shutdown is still underway only time will tell if King will be able to take her place as the head of the administration this time around.