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On Thursday, December 8, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Shailen Bhatt as the 21st Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Bhatt is the first person of Indian descent to hold the position.

The newly confirmed FHWA Administrator responded to the news of his confirmation by saying, “I am honored to return to the U.S. Department of Transportation to lead the Federal Highway Administration as we deliver the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and make transformational investments modernizing our nation’s transportation system.”

Over the course of his career, Bhatt has been the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation, a Cabinet Secretary for the Delaware Department of Transportation, FHWA Associate Administrator for Policy and Government, and most recently served as a senior executive at AECOM.

As FHWA Administrator, Bhatt will oversee the spending of the more than $350 billion that was allocated to the agency in President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“From his leadership of the Colorado and Delaware Departments of Transportation, to his work in the private sector, to his service at FHWA during the Obama Administration, Mr. Bhatt brings a wealth of transportation experience to USDOT,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “His leadership will be a tremendous asset as we continue to implement the largest investment in our nation’s roads, bridges and highways in a generation, and we are thrilled to have him on our team.”

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