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Hickenlooper, Bennet Applaud Nomination of Phil Washington as FAA Administrator

Jul 6, 2022

Washington led RTD during Hickenlooper’s tenure as Mayor of Denver

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet today welcomed President Joe Biden’s nomination of Phil Washington to serve as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator. Washington’s nomination will require confirmation by the U.S. Senate, including approval by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on which Hickenlooper serves.

“Phil Washington will bring an organizational discipline to the FAA during this time of stress and challenge. He has translated his successful military career into a level of operational competence rare in any industry sector. He will do great things in his new role,” said Hickenlooper.

“President Biden could not have made a better choice in nominating Phil Washington to run the FAA. Phil has served Colorado extremely well, and I’m confident he will lead the FAA with integrity,” said Bennet.

The FAA is responsible for the safety of civil aviation in the United States and is overseen by the Department of Transportation. As FAA Administrator, Washington will manage a $18.5 billion budget, oversee roughly 45,000 employees, and lead the FAA’s implementation of the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law which Hickenlooper helped author to modernize critical aviation infrastructure.

Washington is currently the CEO of Denver International Airport. From 2015-2021, Washington was CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority. For 15 years prior, Washington worked for Colorado’s Regional Transportation District (RTD), including serving as CEO from 2009-2015. 

While at RTD, Washington worked closely with then-Mayor Hickenlooper to lead the Denver Metro FasTracks public transit plan, the largest voter-approved transportation expansion program in the country.

Washington also served in the United States Army for 24 years, stationed at Fort Carson and rising to the rank of Command Sergeant Major.

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