Trump makes pick for Federal Highway Administration head

Trump makes pick for Federal Highway Administration head

President Trump is set to nominate Paul Trombino III to lead the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the White House announced Friday.

Trump's nominee is currently the head of a civil engineering company that specializes in transportation, aviation, water and structures projects. 

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Trombino previously served as the director of Iowa's Department of Transportation from 2011 to 2016. He also served as president of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials during his tenure as the head of Iowa's transportation department.

Brandye Hendrickson, who was appointed to be the FHWA's deputy administrator in July, currently serves as the department's acting administrator.

Trombino's nomination to lead the highway administration comes as the Trump administration was expected to release a more detailed legislative proposal for Trump's infrastructure package, though the GOP has focused on other issues such as tax reform.

Administration officials hosted a meeting at the White House at the end of August to brief state and local leaders on Trump's rebuilding initiative, which has yet to be finalized.