Former United States Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, the longest-serving cabinet secretary in history, has died of a heart attack at the age of 90, the Washington Post reported.
In her long political career, Mineta was ranked six times on BTN’s annual Top 25 Most Influential List during her tenure as Secretary of Transportation from 2001 to 2006, as well as her two decades in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she presided over House Aviation. Subcommittee and later the House Transportation Committee. The 9/11 terrorist attacks took place early in his term as transport secretary, and he helped develop the transport security administration after the attacks. He was also a key figure in the liberalization of the global distribution system in 2004 and was behind efforts to liberalize air travel between the United States and the European Union.
Minetta was the first Asian-American cabinet secretary in U.S. history when President Bill Clinton appointed him secretary of commerce at the end of his term, and President George W. Bush later appointed him secretary of transport, making him one of only a few. Two US presidents from different political parties have served in the cabinet.