Trump to name former Va. Rep. Thelma Drake as head of Federal Transit Administration

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — President Trump is expected to name former Virginia Congresswoman Thelma Drake the next leader of the Federal Transit Administration, according to a White House press release sent out Tuesday.

Drake, a Republican who represented Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District from 2005-2008 after serving eight years in the House of Delegates from 1996-2004, has been working as the assistant director of public works for the City of Norfolk since September of 2016.

She was also the director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation under former Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Drake has served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee while in Congress, the Transportation Committee while in the House of Delegates and the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board.

The announcement comes just a day after President Trump revealed a $200 billion infrastructure plan that he hopes will create $1.5 in public-private investment over the next decade.

Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander released this statement:

“We are extremely proud that Thelma Drake has been nominated to lead the Federal Transit Administration.  From her time as my colleague in the General Assembly to her service to the City of Norfolk as assistant director of transportation during my tenure as mayor, many of us have witnessed her commitment to public transportation and skillful development of creative regional transportation solutions. From expanded interstate corridors, newly designed roads that enable safe and efficient travel for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers to light rail and the return of Amtrak service to our city, her impact has been immense.  As she takes on a new role, heading an agency that is critical to Norfolk’s success, we hope that there is still much of Thelma’s legacy that has yet to be constructed. It is an honor to congratulate Thelma on behalf of city council and her colleagues at city hall.  Norfolk is the transportation center of Hampton Roads, and will remain the most multimodal city in Virginia because of her tireless work.”

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