The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted Oct. 25 to send to the full Senate the nomination of former Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino to head the Federal Highway Administration.
The action clears the way for the Senate to consider confirming him as FHWA administrator, which would make Trombino the first permanent FHWA chief since Greg Nadeau departed at the end of the Obama administration. Currently, Deputy FHWA Administrator Brandye Hendrickson, a former Indiana Department of Transportation commissioner, heads the agency on an acting basis.
The EPW endorsement by voice vote of Trombino, who was also president in 2015-16 of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, followed a praising recommendation from Committee Chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyo.
In his opening statement at the committee’s business meeting, Barrasso said: “Paul Trombino is well-qualified and brings broad expertise and over 20 years of experience as a state and national transportation leader to the critically important role of maintaining and improving our nation’s roads, highways, and bridges.
“I commend President Trump for nominating such a highly accomplished and dedicated public servant to serve in this important position. I urge all of my colleagues to also support Mr. Trombino’s nomination.”
Trombino headed the Iowa DOT from May 2011 until his resignation last November. In January he become president of Des Moines-based McClure Engineering Co. Earlier, he worked for 17 years at the Wisconsin DOT in positions that included operations director of the highway division and director of the Bureau of Transit, Local Roads, Rails and Harbors.