President Donald J. Trump nominated Paul Trombino II, former director of the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT), to lead the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Trombino, 51, led IDOT from 2011 to 2016, resigning in November 2016 to take a position as president of McClure Engineering of Clive, Iowa. The nomination requires approval by the U.S. Senate.
U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a member of the Environmental Public Works Committee, endorsed Trombino in a September 11, 2017, statement.
“Our federal government has an important role when it comes to developing and maintaining our country’s infrastructure, and along with national defense, it is one of its core functions,” Senator Ernst said. “Having a robust and efficient transportation infrastructure is vital to our economy.
“Paul Trombino understands this, and is a committed public servant with more than 20 years of experience in updating our infrastructure at the local and statewide level. His work as President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) as well as his service to Iowa as the director of the Iowa Department of Transportation gives him a valuable perspective and high level of dedication and (he) will be a tremendous asset to DOT to improve the lives of all Americans.”
Trombino also served as the 2015–16 president of AASHTO and was vice chairman of the Transportation Research Board executive committee in 2016.
FHWA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation, supports state and local governments with design, construction and maintenance of the federal highway system.