Authority Board

The Authority acts through a board of five members, one of whom is elected chairperson 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 Kansas Statutes, the KDOT Secretary also became the Turnpike’s Director. The board meets monthly and consults with the CEO in approving major contracts, policies and approving the annual budget.

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  • Deb Miller

    Deb Miller was appointed to the Kansas Turnpike Authority Board by Gov. Laura Kelly in July 2020 and was elected Chairperson of the Authority in August 2021, but is no stranger to transportation. She carries the distinction of being the longest-serving Secretary of Transportation in Kansas history and has held national leadership positions in the transportation sector. Currently, she serves as the director of the KU Public Management Center.

  • Julie Lorenz

    Julie Lorenz is the Secretary of Transportation and Director of the Kansas Turnpike. With more than 20 years of experience, she is recognized as a national leader in areas of policy development, collaboration and the use of economic analysis to communicate the value of transportation investments. Previously, she was a principal at the engineering firm Burns & McDonnell and also served KDOT as the Director of Public Affairs and Special Assistant from 2003 – 2011.

  • Sen. Mike Petersen

    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.

  • Sen. Ty Masterson

    Sen. Ty Masterson was appointed in August 2021 by Gov. Laura Kelly for a term expiring at the end of FY25, but is no stranger to the KTA Board, having served a prior term. Sen. Masterson is a small business owner, working as a developer/contractor, and has served in the legislature since 2005. He is a life-long resident of Butler county, currently residing in Andover with his wife, Marlo, and their six children.

  • Rep. Richard J. Proehl

    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.

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