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Rodney Earl Slater

In office
February 14, 1997 – January 20, 2001
Preceded by Federico Peña
Succeeded by Norman Mineta

Born February 23, 1955 (1955-02-23) (age 54)
Marianna, Arkansas
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Eastern Michigan University
University of Arkansas

Rodney Earl Slater (born in Marianna, Arkansas on February 23, 1955) was the United States Secretary of Transportation under U. S. President Bill Clinton.

Slater graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1977, and received his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Arkansas in 1980.

Slater became an assistant attorney general for the state of Arkansas in 1980. He was appointed to several state government positions in Arkansas by Bill Clinton, who was then the governor of Arkansas. Slater was also the director of governmental affairs for Arkansas State University during that time.

After Clinton became president, Slater became the first African American Director of the Federal Highway Administration.

In 1997, Slater was appointed to be the Secretary of Transportation. He was the second African American to hold that post.

Slater was able to muster bipartisan support in congress for his projects including:

As of 2005 Slater is an attorney with the firm of Patton Boggs, LLP., where he works on projects related to the transportation infrastructure. He is also a partner in James Lee Witt Associates, a risk management firm headed by former Federal Emergency Management Agency head James Lee Witt. He currently serves on the board of directors of Africare and The Dance Theatre of Harlem and is the chair of the Board of Trustees of United Way.

In late July 2006, it was announced that Slater was part of a group of investors headed by Stan Kasten that successfully purchased the Major League Baseball team, the Washington Nationals.

Political offices
Preceded by
Federico Peña
U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Succeeded by
Norman Mineta
Preceded by
Alpha V. Alexander
Archie Griffin
Steve Largent
Steve Raible
Lee Roy Selmon
Wally Walker
Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA)
Class of 2002
Richard C. Chapman
Maurice "Bo" Ellis
Herman Frazier
Betsy King
John Naber
Rodney E. Slater
Succeeded by
Debbie Brown
Ann Meyers Drysdale
Dale Kramer
Kenneth MacAfee
Warren Moon
Gifford Nielsen


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