Spencer native Deborah Hersman is a leading candidate to be nominated secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The department has 60,000 employees.

Hersman is currently chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB.

Hersman has become known "for fighting against sleepy pilots and drunken drivers" and "has won bipartisan praise from lawmakers for increasing the profile of the independent safety board.

See   Spencer native eyed for US Cabinet seat   by George Hohmann Daily Mail Business Editor

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