FAA Names New Government Affairs Advisor

WASHINGTON – Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt has announced the appointment of Roderick D. Hall as the new FAA assistant administrator for government affairs.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Roderick D. Hall, as the new Assistant Administrator for Government and Industry Affairs,” said Babbitt.  “We’re very fortunate to get someone of Rod’s background and experience, particularly with congressional relations taking on increased importance in recent years.”

As the agency’s chief congressional liaison, Hall will serve as the advisor to the administrator and agency representative on matters concerning Congress and other government organizations.

Hall spent the last nine years as a congressional staffer, most recently as deputy chief of staff and associate professional staff member to Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. In this capacity, Hall served as Johnson’s principal advisor on issues related to her Dallas-based congressional district, home to Love Field Airport and Southwest Airlines. Prior to coming to Washington in 2004, Hall was the district director for Johnson where he served as her liaison and interfaced with government officials at the city, county, district, and federal level.

Before joining Rep. Johnson’s staff in 2001, Hall was a staff consultant with Ernst & Young, LLP in Chicago for two years. There he was involved in capital market and industry research for corporate clients. Before that, Hall spent a year as an analyst with Ernst & Young’s National Accounting Center in Dallas. From 1996-1997, he worked for the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve System as a management intern.

A native of Shreveport, La., Hall holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dillard University in New Orleans and a master’s in political science from the University of Dallas, Irving, Texas. He and his wife Lena reside in Woodbridge, Va.