DES MOINES, Iowa — President Donald Trump has nominated former Iowa Department of Transportation director Paul Trombino as administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.
Trombino is currently president of McClure Engineering of Clive.
He headed the Iowa DOT for five years before resigning last November.
His appointment comes amid a promise by Trump to rebuild the nation's infrastructure, including roads and bridges.
Trombino played a key role in Iowa's adoption in 2015 of a 10-cent-per-gallon increase in gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to generate about $200 million annually for state and local road and bridge construction projects.
In making the appointment, Trump noted that Trombino served as the director of the Iowa Department of Transportation from 2011-2016, where he was responsible for the planning, design, construction, and operation of 9,400 miles of highways, 4,300 bridges, the modal programs of transit, rail, aviation, motor vehicle services which included driver and vehicle services and motor carrier services and enforcement.
Trombino also served 17 years with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and has degrees in civil engineering and economics.
His appointment must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Still vacant are two key positions in transportation related agencies, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.