Jim Ray Leaves USDOT

No replacement announced.

  • Ray was in 2017 appointed to the role by Secretary Elaine Chao
  • He had been instrumental in drafting the administration’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure plan
  • Championed the need for streamlining regulations

The USDOT’s Senior Advisor for Infrastructure James Ray has left the department. It is understood that February 19 was his last day.

A department spokesperson did not by press time respond to questions regarding his replacement.

Ray was in 2017 appointed to the role after having been a partner in KPMG’s infrastructure practice. While at the department, he had been instrumental in drafting the administration’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure plan.


“He’ll be back,” A source familiar.


Ray during President George W. Bush’s administration served as Deputy General Counsel for the Office of Management and Budget. He had also been Chief Counsel, Deputy Administrator an Acting Administrator for the Federal Highway Association (FHWA).

It was at press time unclear what Ray will do now that he has left USDOT. One source, however, maintained that he could ultimately return to public service.

“He’ll be back,” the source said.

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