FAA chief nomination cleared for takeoff as DeMint drops hold

Huerta has been serving as interim FAA administrator since Randy Babbitt resigned in December 2011 followed a drunk-driving arrest. The charges against Babbitt were later dropped, but Huerta was nominated to a full five-year term at the helm of the FAA in March.

Prior to DeMint's hold blocking a vote of the full Senate, Huerta was approved by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

Before he was appointed as deputy FAA administrator 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.