Huerta served as assistant FAA administrator under Babbitt, but he did not come to the agency with an aviation background. Prior to being appointed to the FAA in 2010, Huerta worked at a technology company called Affiliated Computer Services. He served as commissioner of New York City's Department of Ports, International Trade and Commerce in the 1980s and was executive director of the Port of San Francisco from 1989 to 1993.
Huerta also served in the Transportation Department under former President Clinton and was managing director of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, where he worked under 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Huerta’s nomination to a full-term leading the FAA will require Senate confirmation. His appointed was among four sent to the Senate by President Obama Tuesday.