Pennsylvania Governor-elect Edward Rendell (D) has named DMJM+Harris Inc. Vice President Allen D. Biehler as secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation (PennDOT). Previously, Biehler was acting executive director of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pa., and transportation planner for the city of Pittsburgh.
Rendell, who announced Biehler's selection on Jan. 8, is to be sworn in as Governor on Jan. 21.
In Maryland, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R), who was sworn in on Jan. 15, picked state legislator Robert L. Flanagan as transportation secretary. Flanagan, 57, whose selection was announced on Jan. 11, served 15 years in the state House of Delegates, representing Howard and Montgomery Counties.In the legislature, he was minority whip from 1997 to 2001 and also was on the Appropriations Committee. His private law practice included construction and procurement matters. Before being elected to the state legislature, Flanagan's previous jobs included a post with the U.S. Railway Association, which helped reorganize Northeast railroads in the 1970s.
About two dozen new governors were elected around the country in November, which will mean many leadership changes in key construction agencies.