Mary E. Peters
Mary E. Peters (born December 4, 1948) served as the United States Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush from 2006 to 2009. She was the second woman to hold the position after Elizabeth Dole.
|15th United States Secretary of Transportation|
October 17, 2006 – January 20, 2009
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Norman Mineta|
|Succeeded by||Ray LaHood|
|Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration|
October 2, 2001 – July 29, 2005
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Kenneth R. Wykle|
|Succeeded by||J. Richard Capka|
December 4, 1948 |
Peoria, Arizona, U.S.
|Education||University of Phoenix (BA)|
Early life and educationEdit
Peters was born in Peoria, Arizona. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Phoenix and went to the John F. Kennedy School of Government. When Peters was six, her parents divorced. Her father raised Mary and her three siblings in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 2005, there was speculation that Peters would run for governor of Arizona in 2006. At the time, however, she said, while she believed she would have been a strong candidate, and was eligible to run despite having lived and registered to vote in Virginia, that questions about her eligibility would have been a distraction from the race. She was also a speculated candidate for governor in 2010, but instead served as co-chair of incumbent governor Jan Brewer's election campaign (along with former state Attorney General Grant Woods). Peters is a transportation consultant for national engineering and planning organizations.
On September 5, 2006, Bush nominated Peters to replace Norman Mineta as Secretary of Transportation. She was confirmed on September 29, 2006 by the United States Senate. In 2006, President Bush appointed Peters as the Co-Vice Chairwoman of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. She resigned the post of Secretary of Transportation in anticipation of the in-coming Obama administration. She was succeeded by Ray LaHood, the 16th U.S. Secretary of Transportation on Thursday, January 22, 2009.
Peters is an advocate of leasing U.S. roads and interstates to private companies and having user fees (i.e., tolls) for building new highways. In an interview, Peters said that the National Highway System will run out of money by decade's end without substantial changes and, rather than raise taxes, some states should turn to toll roads leased to private corporations to fill gaps.
Her policies of promoting open borders for commerce created opposition from labor unions.
Mary Peters held a press conference on September 5, 2008 to report that Highway Trust Fund payments to states, including her native Arizona, would be cut back because federal fuel tax collections were dropping.
While Secretary of DOT rule was passed that allowed dogs, cats, miniature horses, pigs as well as monkeys could be considered emotional support animals, therefor could be taken by commercial airlines in the cabin. 
Mary married Terry Peters, a marine, at age 17. She and Terry have three children together. In 2013, Terry was convicted of sexually abusing an seven year old girl, and he was sentenced to fourteen years in prison.
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- Confirmation of the U.S. Senate on September 29, 2006
- Transportation secretary backs toll, lease options - Pennsyltucky Politics
- Porter, Tom (September 21, 2013). "Terry Peters, Husband of Ex-US Transport Secretary Mary Peters, Jailed for Sexually Abusing Girl". International Business Times UK. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
- The Associated Press (September 21, 2013). "Husband of former U.S. transportation secretary sentenced to 14 years for sexually abusing 7-year-old girl - NY Daily News". nydailynews.com. Retrieved May 11, 2018.