December 16, 2014 11:00 PM, EST

Mark Rosekind Confirmed to Head NHTSA

By unanimous consent on Dec. 16, the U.S. Senate approved the nomination of Mark Rosekind to become administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration among a batch of nominees to federal positions.

Rosekind, 59, has been a member of the National Transportation Safety Board since 2010. He is an expert on driver fatigue.

“Dr. Rosekind is prepared for the job ahead and I expect him to be relentless in the pursuit of safety on behalf of the American people,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

Rosekind will manage the agency’s response to General Motors’ defective ignition switches and reports of unsafe Takata airbags, among other issues. He succeeds David Friedman in his role as acting administrator.

“I am honored to join NHTSA’s talented and passionate team, and I pledge to work with them to build on the agency’s strong record of saving lives, preventing injuries, and making travel on our roadways safer,” Rosekind said, according to the Detroit News.