Matsuda named deputy maritime administrator
David T. Matsuda was named deputy maritime administrator by
President Obama and sworn into office on July 30.
Matsuda served as acting Assistant Secretary for Transportation
Policy from March 2009 until his appointment as deputy. Prior to that,
he spent seven years on Capitol Hill. While working in the Senate, He
was engaged in the formulation and debate of most major federal
transportation legislation from 2002-2009. Most recently he served as
senior counsel and primary transportation advisor to U.S. Sen. Frank
R. Lautenberg, D-N.J.
In 2002, Matsuda became a Georgetown University Government Affairs
Institute fellow on the staff of the Senate Committee on Commerce,
Science and Transportation. From 1998 to 2002, he worked as an
attorney with the safety law division of the Federal Railroad
Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department
of the AFL-CIO, which represents 32 unions, issued a statement saying
labor unions supported his appointment.
'Matsuda has worked hard throughout his career to shape and
advance responsible transportation policies. And he has always
recognized the important role that workers play in the success of our
vast national transportation network,” Wytkind said.