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Senate Panel Clears King to Head NHTSA

Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has been cleared by a Senate committee for confirmation as the agency’s leader.
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Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has been cleared by a key U.S. Senate committee for confirmation as the agency’s leader.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved her nomination by a one-vote margin along party lines. She is widely expected to be confirmed by the full Senate.

King was a regulatory policy analyst for the Office of Management and Budget, senior manager of management science at Pfizer and global head of environmental risk at GE Capital before coming to NHTSA in 2016.

She has been NHTSA’s deputy administrator since last year. She was nominated for the agency’s top post in April.