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Former Denver mayor to head DOT.

Former Denver Mayor Federico F. Pena, has been named to President-elect Bill Clinton's cabinet. Pena, mayor of Denver from 1983 through 1991, was tapped by Clinton to serve as Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

Pena's appointment means two former mayors will hold key cabinet posts. He joins former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros, named earlier as HUD Secretary, on the Clinton Administration's domestic policy team.

"With Federico Pena appointment, local officials can feel confident that the new Administration not only will hear their concerns, but also will truly understand them and work to address them," said NLC Executive Director Don Borut. "Through the inclusion of two former local officials--Henry Cisneros and Federico Pena--President-elect Clinton is sending a powerful and encouraging message to cities across the nation."

An attorney and former state legislator, Pena is noted for his work to revitalize a stagnant Denver economy during his two terms as mayor, especially through the soon to open Denver International Airport.

Focused on the myriad economic benefits such a facility could bring to his community --jobs, business, greatly enhanced revenues--Pena was a strong proponent of the project, creating local support and working with federal officials to secure funding and approval. When Denver International Airport opens in October 1993, it will be the first major U.S. airport built since Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, nearly twenty years ago.
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Title Annotation:former mayor of Denver, Colorado, Federico F. Pena, to become Secretary of the Department of Transportation
Author:Ryder, Julianne Ryan
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Jan 4, 1993
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