President Trump nominates two DOT agency administrators

Candidates would fill PHMSA and FHWA vacancies

Posted September 13, 2017

Two vacant administrator positions within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) may soon be filled. The Trump Administration sent ten nominations to the U.S. Senate on September 11th for consideration, including two for DOT agency heads.

The President’s choice to manage the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is Howard R. Elliott, of Indiana. Elliot would come to the agency with decades of experience in the U.S. freight rail industry.

The nominee to lead the Federal Highway Administration is Paul Trombino III, of Wisconsin. Tombino is a licensed engineer currently working for an engineering firm in Iowa. He previously held the positions of:

  • Director of Iowa Department of Transportation for over five years, and
  • Bureau Director/Operations Director Highway Division for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for approximately 17 years.

In addition, Trombino held the title of President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and Vice Chair, Executive Committee, for the Transportation Research Board, a part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.


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