The Honorable Rodney E. Slater

NMAH Board Alumnus; Partner, Patton Boggs

Rodney Slater is a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Patton Boggs, and former Secretary of Transportation in the Clinton Administration.  Prior to becoming Secretary, Mr. Slater was head of the Federal Highway Administration, and was the first African-American Administrator in the agency’s century-long history.  He held several positions in Arkansas, including Director of Government Relations at Arkansas State University; Executive Assistant for Economic and Community Programs for then-Governor Bill Clinton; the Governor’s Special Assistant for Community and Minority Affairs; and Assistant Attorney General-Litigation Division of the Arkansas State Attorney General’s Office; and Secretary-Treasurer of the Arkansas Bar Association. He was also liaison for the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission. From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Slater was a member of the Arkansas State Highway Commission, serving as its chairman, before joining the Clinton-Gore Administration.  Mr. Slater is from Arkansas and currently resides in Washington, DC.