New MoDOT director named

According to a KCStar article:
Former New Mexico highway and transportation secretary Pete Rahn is expected to be named today as Missouri's transportation director. . .

Rahn, 49, served as New Mexico's highway and transportation secretary from January 1995 through November 2002, when he became vice president of governmental affairs for Ohio-based Contech Construction Products Inc. . . .

Rahn previously was an insurance executive and a San Juan County, N.M., planning and zoning commissioner. While Rahn was New Mexico highway and transportation secretary, the state enacted a nearly $1.2 billion highway construction package that built 653 miles of new four-lane road. But Rahn ran into criticism from some legislators for his handling of the expansion to four lanes of what is now U.S. 550, a main link from the Albuquerque area to the northwestern corner of the state, including the Farmington area, where he once lived.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch adds a few details:
Rahn left his New Mexico position in November 2002 after eight years there. During his administration, his agency built 653 miles of new four-lane road in New Mexico, according to the state's transportation department Web site. . . .

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