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John Schroer

Commissioner at Tennessee Department of Transportation

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John Schroer was appointed Commissioner of Transportation by Governor Bill Haslam in January 2011. He is the 29th commissioner of the state agency that oversees a statewide transportation system including highways, rail, airports, waterways, and transit.

During his tenure, Schroer has made safety a priority, creating new programs and initiatives like Quick Clearance, Protect the Queue, and the nation’s first Traffic Incident Management Training Facility.

Commissioner John Schroer oversees a statewide transportation system including highways, rail, airports, waterways and transit.

During his two-term tenure, he has made safety a priority, creating new programs and initiatives like Quick Clearance, Protect the Queue and the nation’s first Traffic Incident Management Training Facility.

Commissioner Schroer has saved taxpayers more than $610 million dollars by reexamining and reducing the scope of projects from wants to needs all the while keeping TDOT debt-free. In 2017, Commissioner Schroer worked with Governor Bill Haslam to develop and pass the IMPROVE Act to provide increased funding for transportation for the first time in 30 years. The legislation will fund 962 road and bridge projects across all 95 counties and will provide an additional $105 million annually for cities and counties to support local infrastructure needs.

He also implemented TDOT Reconnect for employees who want to continue their education. He says his proudest accomplishment to date has been supporting 173 TDOT employees who went back to school to get their GEDs.

On the national level, Commissioner Schroer serves as the President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), an organization composed of peers from all DOTs across the nation. In this leadership role, he will continue to highlight the critical need for a long-term funding solution and focus on the impact of emerging vehicle technologies -