The Authority acts through a board of five members, one of whom is elected chairman by the other members. Two members are appointed by the Governor of Kansas for four-year terms, two members serve by reason of their legislative positions - one is Chairman of the Kansas Senate Committee on Transportation and the other is a member of the House Transportation Committee, appointed by the Speaker of the House. The fifth member is the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation. The latter three serve as members of the Authority for the duration of their state terms. On July 1, 2013, in accordance with HB 2234, the KDOT Secretary also became the Turnpike's Director.
David Lindstrom was appointed to the Kansas Turnpike Authority board by Gov. Sam Brownback in May 2013 and was elected Chairman of the Authority in March 2016. Mr. Lindstrom is a Kansas City-area businessman and former Johnson County Commissioner and Kansas City Chiefs defensive end. He serves with numerous organizations in the Kansas City area and throughout the state, a few which include the Kansas Leadership Center, Kansas Foundation for Excellence in Education, Shawnee Mission Medical Center Foundation, the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission and is a Johnson County Community College Trustee. He and his wife Mary have two daughters.
Rep. Mark Hutton was appointed to the Kansas Turnpike Authority Board by Gov. Sam Brownback in July 2012 for a four-year term and served as Chairman from May 2013 to March 2016. He is CEO of Hutton Construction Corp. and is a lifelong Kansan. He serves on numerous construction industry boards, including the Board of Directors of the Associated General Contractors of Kansas, Kansas State University College of Engineering Advisory Board and the Kansas Construction Education Foundation. Hutton and his wife, Mary, live in Wichita and have two sons and six grandchildren.
Senator Mike Petersen was appointed Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee following the retirement of Senator Dwayne Umbarger from the Legislature. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2004. He is an industrial electrician in Wichita, where he resides with his wife Shelby, when not in Topeka.
Representative Richard J. Proehl was appointed Chairman of the House Transportation Committee following the retirement of Representative Gary K. Hayzlett from the Legislature. He has served in the Legislature since 2005. He is a banker in Parsons, and he and his wife, Linda, have two children and five grandchildren.
Richard Carlson was named Interim Secretary of Transportation and Director of the Kansas Turnpike in July 2016. The St. Mary’s native has a rich history of legislative experience, having served in the Kansas House of Representatives for 10 years and prior to that as a Pottawatomie County Commissioner for 12 years. An economics and business graduate of Kansas State University, his background includes real estate, banking, as well as franchise development and investment. He and his wife Cheryl, live on a ranch near St. Marys and have two children and six grandchildren.
Kansas Turnpike Authority
236 miles from Kansas City, Kansas, to the Oklahoma border south of Wichita
Six: near Lawrence, Topeka, Emporia, Matfield Green, Towanda and Belle Plaine
Started with 14 and currently have 22
April 7, 1953
December 31, 1954
October 25, 1956