President Joe Biden has chosen former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu as supervisor of his $1 trillion infrastructure plan. As New Orleans mayor, Landrieu pushed the city into recovery after the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. The White House said on Sunday that Landrieu will be tasked with coordinating across federal agencies to work on roads, ports, bridges and airports. Biden is expected to sign the infrastructure bill into law on Monday.

The 61-year-old Landrieu was formerly the Louisiana lieutenant governor and took over as mayor of New Orleans in 2010, five years after Katrina hit the city. He secured billions in federal funding for roads, schools parks and infrastructure, and turned New Orleans “into one of America’s great comeback stories,” the White House said in a statement.

Landrieu said in the statement: “I am thankful to the president and honored to be tasked with coordinating the largest infrastructure investment in generations,” “Our work will require strong partnerships across the government and with state and local leaders, business and labor to create good-paying jobs and rebuild America for the middle class.”

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