Senate approves Madison as FHWA administrator

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The U.S. Senate on Monday, Aug. 11, approved President Bush’s nomination of Thomas J. Madison Jr. to administrator of the Federal Highway Administration for the Department of Transportation.

Madison, who previously served as the commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation, succeeds Rick Capka, who resigned in February. Deputy Administrator James Ray had led the agency since.

“I am confident that Mr. Madison’s acute awareness of the need to invest in strategic and innovative transportation infrastructure planning will make him a worthy administrator,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

Madison, a New York native, is a former member of the Peace Bridge Authority Board in Buffalo, where he was a vocal proponent for the construction of a new “signature design” spanning the City of Buffalo and Southern Ontario. “I am one of the biggest advocates for such a bridge, and I look forward to working with Mr. Madison as the permitting process moves forward,” Schumer said.