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Rodney Earl Slater
13th United States Secretary of Transportation
In office
February 14, 1997 – January 20, 2001
Preceded by Federico Peña
Succeeded by Norman Mineta
Personal details
Born February 23, 1955 (1955-02-23) (age 64)
Marianna, Arkansas
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Eastern Michigan University
University of Arkansas

Rodney Earl Slater (born February 23, 1955) is an American politician. He was the United States Secretary of Transportation under U.S. President Bill Clinton. He is a member of the Democratic Party

Slater was born in Marianna, Arkansas.

Slater graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1977, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1980.[1]

After Clinton was elected president, 1993 Slater became the first African-American Director of the Federal Highway Administration.[1]

In 1997, Slater was appointed to be the Secretary of Transportation. He was the second African American to hold that post.[1]