WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the nomination of former director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, Paul Trombino, to serve as the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration at the Department of Transportation (DOT):

“Our federal government has an important role when it comes to developing and maintaining our country’s infrastructure, and along with national defense, it is one of its core functions. Having a robust and efficient transportation infrastructure is vital to our economy.

“Paul Trombino understands this, and is a committed public servant with more than 20 years of experience in updating our infrastructure at the local and statewide level.  His work as President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) as well as his service to Iowa as the director of the Iowa Department of Transportation gives him a valuable perspective and high level of dedication and will be a tremendous asset to DOT to improve the lives of all Americans.

“As we move ahead on an infrastructure plan, we must ensure that it addresses fixes to roads, bridges, and highways, and also looks at dam and levee infrastructure. I look forward to working with Paul on a plan that includes these transportation needs of rural America, and not just major cities.”