Squire Patton Boggs’ Rodney E. Slater Receives 2021 Frank Turner Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Transportation

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    The Transportation Research Board has awarded Squire Patton Boggs partner Rodney E. Slater with the 2021 Frank Turner Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Transportation. Secretary Slater served as US Secretary of Transportation under President Bill Clinton.

    Established in 1998, the Frank Turner Medal is in honor of Francis C. Turner to commemorate his extraordinary accomplishments in the development and construction of America's transportation system. The award recognizes lifetime achievement in transportation, as demonstrated by a distinguished career in the field, professional prominence, and a distinctive, widely recognized contribution to transportation policy, administration, or research. The Transportation Research Board, part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, facilitates innovation and progress through research.

    Secretary Slater is recognized for his influence in the areas of “aviation, surface transportation, and infrastructure; as well as to his commitment to role of transportation in safety, mobility and access, economic development and trade, and the environment and national security.”

    During his illustrious career, Secretary Slater passed several historic legislative initiatives, including the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) that guaranteed a record US$200 billion in surface transportation investment though 2003, as well as the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR-21), providing a record US$46 billion to improve the safety and security of the nation’s aviation system.

    Prior to his tenure as Transportation Secretary, Secretary Slater served as Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, where – as the agency’s first African-American Administrator in its century-long history – he oversaw the development of an innovative financing program that resulted in hundreds of transportation projects completed two to three years ahead of schedule with greater cost efficiencies. Over that time, the federal transportation budget increased an unprecedented 104%.

    At Squire Patton Boggs, Secretary Slater’s practice focuses on many of the policy and transportation objectives that were set under his leadership, including automobile use and development, aviation competition and congestion mitigation, maritime initiatives, high-speed rail corridor development, and overall transportation safety and funding. As one of the leaders of the firm’s best-in-class practice in Corporate Compliance Advice, Secretary Slater led Toyota’s Safety Advisory Panel, serves an Independent Monitor for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and was selected by NHTSA to serve as the Independent Monitor of FCA.

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