WASHINGTON (Aug. 13, 2021) — The Honorable Jennifer L. Homendy took the oath of office Friday during an outdoor ceremony held at NTSB headquarters, in which she was sworn in as the 15th Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board.
Alfonso Montaño, the NTSB’s Chief Administrative Law Judge, administered the oath and presided over the ceremony.
Homendy was nominated by President Joe Biden May 19, and she testified in a June 24 confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Homendy was unanimously confirmed by the Senate Aug. 9. NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg, who served as the acting chairman since July 1, returns to his position as the NTSB’s Vice Chairman.
“I am honored for the opportunity to lead this agency and the highly talented and dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to improve transportation safety,” said NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy.
“We are in a time of dynamic change and growth within transportation – from automated vehicles to commercial space, said Homendy. “This means that our mission to prevent tragedies and injuries and save lives is even more critical. The country needs a robust and energetic NTSB to ensure safety is well represented in all modes of transportation. I look forward to supporting our outstanding staff and their work as we endeavor to make transportation safer for all.”
A longtime advocate for safety, Homendy joined the NTSB Aug. 20, 2018, after 14 years of service as the Democratic Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, which is under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I Committee) of the United States House of Representatives. She previously held positions with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, and the American Iron and Steel Institute. She is the fourth woman to lead the NTSB and one of 11 women who have served as board members.
A recording of Homendy’s swearing-in ceremony is available on the NTSB’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PVUnXL2J4o.
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