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December 10, 2019 12:30 PM, EST

Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn to Step Down

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn (right) stands with Gov. Larry Hogan as he announces a plan to spend $765 million to build a new Harry Nice Bridge in Newburg, Md., on Nov. 21, 2016. (Brian Witte/Associated Press)

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Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, who has led the Maryland Department of Transportation since 2015, is stepping down.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Rahn’s departure Dec. 9. Rahn will return to his home in New Mexico, where his family lives. Previously, Rahn has held leadership positions in the departments of transportation of New Mexico and Missouri.

“It has been my distinct honor to have led the Maryland Department of Transportation,” Rahn said. “We have achieved so much together to be a national leader in infrastructure because of Gov. Hogan’s visionary leadership and the tireless efforts of the men and women of the department.”

Gregory Slater, incoming Maryland Transportation Secretary

Slater

Gregory Slater, who leads MDOT’s State Highway Administration, will succeed Rahn as transportation secretary. His appointment, which is subject to Senate confirmation, is effective Jan. 10.

At the State Highway Administration, Slater has led the Traffic Relief Plan, a public-private partnership, and negotiated the Capital Beltway Accord. Announced at a forum Nov. 12, the accord is a partnership between Maryland and Virginia leaders to rebuild and modernize the American Legion Bridge, which forms a vital link between the states.

“Greg Slater has committed his career to public service and has earned a reputation around the country as an innovator who is tireless and relentless about transportation solutions,” Hogan said. “Greg will continue to lead our efforts to advance the once-in-a-generation Beltway Accord to address some of the worst traffic congestion in the country. With his decades of experience, Greg is sure to build on our balanced approach to infrastructure, including record investment in transit, as leader of the Maryland Department of Transportation.”

Slater has been with MDOT for more than 20 years, serving as deputy administrator for Planning, Engineering, Real Estate and Environment and director of Planning and Preliminary Engineering.

“The work we do at the Maryland Department of Transportation affects the lives and livelihoods of each of our citizens, and we strive every day to operate in a spirit of trust and accountability,” Slater said. “I am grateful to Gov. Hogan for the honor to serve, and I look forward to leading all of the dedicated professionals of our department.”

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