John Mica being talked about as Donald Trump’s U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Outgoing Winter Park Republican U.S. Rep. John Mica is being talked about as a possible secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation in President-elect Donald Trump‘s administration.
Mica, who lost Tuesday’s election, ending his 24-year congressional career, has made his mark both nationally and in Central Florida primarily through programs involving trains, planes, ship ports, and highways. And Orlando area officials are excited about the prospect.
Sources told that Mica’s name is being floated by Trump’s transition team, and that the congressman is interested in the job, but has not heard anything definitive.
Mica declined Friday to comment to about the prospect.
Orange County Republican Chairman Lew Oliver said he spoke directly to Mica about it and said the congressman indicated he had heard indirectly – but not directly – that he was on a Trump list for the post, and that he is interested.
But Oliver added, “I am certain no one knows for sure.”
“You’d struggle to find anyone more qualified,” Oliver said. And he added, “It would be a God-send for Central Florida.”
The Orlando area’s chief transportation planner, Harry Barley, executive director of MetroPlan Orlando, agreed. He said he had no knowledge of whether Trump is considering Mica, but said if it’s true, it would be a good idea for Central Florida.
Mica has spent much of his congressional career dealing in transportation issues.
He is a former chair of the House Transportation Committee. He’s currently chairman of the House Committee for Government Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets, and is a member of the Transportation Committee and its subcommittees for aviation, for highways and transit, and for railroads, pipelines and hazardous materials.
Mica is widely credited as being key to bringing federal support and money to Florida for transportation infrastructure including SunRail, the I-4 expansion, high-tech street and highway traffic control systems,


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