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Alan S. Boyd, first US secretary of transportationJames A. Johnson, campaign operative

Politics and Military

Alan S. Boyd (98) first US secretary of transportation, named by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966 to integrate the nation’s sprawling networks of planes, trains, ships, and highways into a new superagency. Boyd won relatively high marks for a two-year effort to merge dozens of transportation-related federal agencies into a cabinet-level department with 95,000 employees and a more than $5 billion budget. Half a century later, the Department of Transportation’s $76.5 billion budget and 54,700 employees regulate aviation, railroads, mass transit, shipping, highways, pipelines, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and other transport entities. After the 911 attacks, the Transportation Security Administration and the Coast Guard were transferred in 2003 to a new Department of Homeland Security. Boyd died in Seattle, Washington on October 18, 2020.

James A. Johnson (76) former campaign operative who was chief executive of housing lender Fannie Mae in the ‘90s and chairman of Walter Mondale’s presidential bid. Johnson chaired the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Brookings Institution think tank, and Fannie Mae all at the same time. Besides running Mondale’s failed run for the White House against Ronald Reagan in 1984, he was a key player in the presidential campaigns of Eugene McCarthy, Edmund Muskie, and George McGovern. Johnson died of a neurological condition in Washington, DC on October 18, 2020.

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