Phil Washington: Biden’s FAA Nominee Tangles With Lawmakers

Epic Fail: Couldn't answer basic questions.

Phil Washington is Biden’s nominee for FAA Director.  He is the CEO of the Denver Airport (which may explain a few things). He faced the Senate Confirmation hearing in which he could not answer basic questions of aviation, which reveals Mr. Washington may not be qualified for the job.

What are the restrictions for aviation safety? “High Blood Pressure”

Listen to this nominee’s answers to basic aviation questions from Senator Ted Budd (R-NC):

Will this presidential election be the most important in American history?

This is another case of hiring because of “DEI” (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) rather than skills or qualifications. Airlines have gone the way of idiocy and now there is a snarl at many of the nation’s busiest airports and danger for airline passengers. Competency has gone the way of the Mastodon.

“I believe your record is woefully lacking. And in fact, you have zero aviation safety experience. And I don’t believe you’ll have the votes for confirmation.” Sen Ted Cruz, R-TX

The FAA is in charge of safety in the administration of the nation’s airports and airlines.  According to Democrats, Mr. Washington is fully qualified for the job. Republicans are not convinced.  Washington would be the first Black head of the agency if confirmed…and since Democrats control the Senate, it is likely.

Controversial pick

The resume for Phil Washington seems impressive on the surface. He is a US Army veteran who retired at the rank of Command Sergeant Major. He holds several college degrees despite the fact that he was expelled from high school. He has held positions with several Transportation authorities, including the Los Angeles Metro.  In 2021, just after he was named CEO of Denver International Airport, a criminal investigation into potential corruption was launched out of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after a whistleblower claimed corruption in 2019. Denver hired him anyway, and Washington claimed it was a disgruntled employee who made the complaint. Washington is accused of ignoring a search warrant regarding the allegation of pay-to-play at LA Metro.


Screenshot of relevant letter from The Current Report – was anything actually done?

The fact that Washington was “team lead” for the Biden transition team for transportation makes us wonder if this is yet again another favor granted. In all of the resume, there is no mention of aviation safety experience, something critical for the head of the FAA.



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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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