Homendy Sworn In as NTSB Chair
President Joe Biden on May 19 nominated Homendy. She testified in a June 24 confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The full Senate on Aug. 9. unanimously confirmed her. NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg, who served as Acting Chairman since July 1, returned to his position as NTSB Vice Chair.
Homendy joined the NTSB Aug. 20, 2018, after 14 years of service as the Democratic Staff Director of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. 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.
“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 Homendy. “We are in a time of dynamic change and growth within transportation—from automated vehicles to commercial space. 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.”