Chairman Pete K. Rahn
Chairman Pete K. Rahn
Pete K. Rahn was appointed Transportation Secretary and Maryland Transportation Authority Chairman by Governor Larry Hogan on January 13, 2015. As Transportation Secretary, Mr. Rahn oversees a $4.9 billion annual budget (FY 2016) and manages 11,037 employees. The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has direct supervision over all aspects of transportation including: the State's highway, transit and rail networks; toll facilities; motor vehicles; Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and the Port of Baltimore. All MDOT agencies receive funding from a common state Transportation Trust Fund with the exception of the toll facilities that are funded through the Maryland Transportation Authority.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Rahn was National Transportation Practice Leader with the Kansas City, Missouri-based HNTB engineering firm since 2010. While in this position, Mr. Rahn was named Chairman of the New Mexico State Transportation Commission in 2011. One of only four people to have lead transportation departments in multiple states, Mr. Rahn served as the Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation from 2004 to 2010 and Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department from 1995 to 2002. In both of these positions, from highways and transit to airports and freight rail, Mr. Rahn managed billions in multi-modal transportation investments to create jobs and enhance economic development, while focusing on innovation, teamwork, accountability and enhanced communication.
At the national level, Mr. Rahn was President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), which represents the state departments of transportation, from October 2007 to November 2008. He also served as a member of AASHTO's Board of Directors, Chairman of its Standing Committee on Performance Management and Chairman of the Standing Committee on Highway Traffic Safety. From 2006 to 2010, he served on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board.
Mr. Rahn received a Bachelor of Arts, Government and a Bachelor of Science, Planning from New Mexico State University.
Mr. Rahn was raised in New Mexico and now resides in Maryland. He and his wife, Sue, have two children.