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Authority Board

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 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.

View dates of upcoming Kansas Turnpike Authority Board meetings.

  • David Lindstrom

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Deb Miller

    Deb Miller was appointed to the Kansas Turnpike Authority Board by Gov. Laura Kelly in July 2020, 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.
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