President Trump on Tuesday nominated David P. Pekoske, the former Coast Guard vice commandant, to be the next administrator of the Transportation Security Administration.
“David has extensive experience in strategy development, operational leadership, crisis management, risk assessment, financial management, and team building,” Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said in a statement.
Kelly said Pekoske most recently served as vice president of national programs for PAE and group president of the National Security Group of A-T Solutions. Pekoske has also been an adjunct professional lecturer in American University’s public administration and policy department since 2010, according to his LinkedIn profile.
“Mr. Pekoske has extensive operational and command experience through a distinguished career with the U.S. Coast Guard, where he retired as the vice commandant,” according to the White House. “In this key leadership position within the Department of Homeland Security he was the Coast Guard’s second-in-command and chief operating officer.”
From 2008 to 2009, he was commander of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Forces West, which includes the Arctic and Antarctic oceans. He has also served as assistant commandant for operations at Coast Guard headquarters and commander of the First Coast Guard District.
“It’s a great honor that President Trump has announced his intention to nominate me as TSA Administrator,” he said via email. “If confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to being part of Secretary Kelly’s team and working with all those involved in safeguarding our homeland.”
Pekoske graduated from the Coast Guard Academy with a MS in ocean engineering. He also holds an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master of public administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
“We are fortunate to have the President nominate David to this critical position at our Department, and I look forward to him being confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” Kelly said in his statement.
If he is confirmed, Pekoske, a Maryland resident, will be responsible for the roughly 60,000 employees who are responsible for security operations at more than 450 airports throughout the United States as well as the Federal Air Marshal Service. He will replace acting TSA Administrator Huban A. Gowadia.