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White House Nominates Denver Airport Chief for Top FAA Post

Phil Washington

Phil Washington

Photographer: Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/Getty Images

The White House is tapping Phil Washington, the director of Denver International Airport, to lead the Federal Aviation Administration.

The nomination, announced Wednesday in a statement, is to fill a post that has been without a Senate-confirmed leader since Steve Dickson resigned from the aviation agency in March, about halfway through his five-year term. Washington, who Bloomberg reported last month was in line to receive the nomination, will now face confirmation in the closely divided Senate.