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Published on May 22nd, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Janet P. Oakley Confirmed as Secretary of Transportation

The South Carolina Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Janet P. Oakley as the third Secretary of Transportation on May 22, 2014. The vote was 37-0.

Secretary Oakley was nominated by Governor Nikki Haley on April 7, 2014. Gov. Haley cited Oakley’s extensive experience with federal transportation programs that could benefit South Carolina.

Oakley has over 30 years of federal transportation policy experience. She spent the past15 years of her career as the Director of Policy and Government Relations for the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in Washington, DC.

In that role, she worked closely with a number of state DOTs to develop policy, coordinate initiatives to support and promote innovations in state transportation leadership, management and project delivery among a variety of many other of talents and skills.

At the time of her nomination, AASHTO Executive Director Bud Wright praised the selection of Oakley for South Carolina’s Transportation Secretary. “I could not be more proud and pleased for Janet. With her exceptional understanding of state and national transportation issues, she’ll be a great resource to the Governor and the citizens of South Carolina,” said Wright.

Prior to her tenure at AASHTO, Oakley served as the founder and first Executive Director of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and the National Association of Regional Councils as Director of Transportation and Director of Government Affairs.

Oakley has state agency transportation experience in her home state of Kentucky. She was a transportation planner at the Kentucky Department of Transportation and she served as the Assistant to the Secretary for Federal Affairs in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Oakley’s experience includes stops along her career at the American Trucking Associations. The Subcommittee on Transportation Appropriations, US House of Representatives, where she worked as a budget analyst; the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), where she was a transportation planner; and at the City of Rockville, Maryland where she also served as a transportation planner.

Oakley earned both an undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree in the field of Regional Planning at Eastern Kentucky University. She is affiliated with a number of transportation-related committees, associations and forums.


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