Governor Sam Brownback today named Richard Carlson Acting Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and Director of the Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA). Carlson has served as Interim Secretary of KDOT since July 15.

Carlson served in the Kansas House of Representatives for 10 years beginning in 2004, representing the 61st District of Pottawatomie County and northern Wabaunsee County. He was the Chairman of the House Taxation Committee for six years and served on the Appropriations Committee and Commerce and Labor Committee. Most recently Carlson was the legislative liaison for the Kansas Department of Revenue.

“Richard Carlson brings both experience and a deep understanding of Kansas and its citizens to this position,” said Governor Brownback. “I appreciate his commitment to serving the state and know that he will be a strong and positive leader for KDOT.”

“I appreciate Governor Brownback’s confidence in my management abilities,” Carlson said. “I look forward continuing to oversee our outstanding Kansas transportation system, recognized as one of the best in the nation.”

This appointment will require confirmation by the Kansas State Senate.