AASHTO President Patrick McKenna, Missouri

Patrick K. McKenna became Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation in December of 2015. As director of MoDOT, Mr. McKenna oversees all operations of the department.

Prior to coming to Missouri, he served as the deputy commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.  Mr. McKenna spent 13 years in Washington, D.C. working in the United States Senate, where he most recently served as chief financial officer.

Mr. McKenna is vice president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and is a member of its executive committee. He served as president of the Mid America Association of Transportation Officials for 2017-2018. He is a member of the executive committee for the National Academy of Science’s Transportation Research Board (TRB), a national group that provides innovative, research-based solutions to improve transportation. TRB is a division of the National Research Council of the United States which serves as an independent adviser to the president of the United States of America, Congress and federal agencies on scientific and technical questions of national importance.

Mr. McKenna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Bentley College and a Master of Science in Management and Finance from the University of Maryland University College.

He and his wife, Suzanne, are enjoying raising two sons, Patrick Jr. and Connor and a daughter, Kelsey.

President McKenna's Areas of Emphasis

  • Renewing a focus on a national public health crisis. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 36,700 people died on America’s roads in 2018. Despite tremendous advances in technology and millions invested in education, the annual loss of life on our nation’s roads is staggering.
  • Surface transportation reauthorization in a Presidential election year is a tall task, but one that AASHTO and its members must fully embrace. State DOTs depend on the funding stability provided by multiyear federal transportation programs. The federal-state partnership, which has long been the foundation in our nation’s approach to a national transportation system, is absolutely crucial to meet states’ capital investment programs, which take multiple years to plan and construct.
  • Read the full text of President McKenna’s emphasis areas.