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Transportation Commission

The nine members of the Transportation Commission meet monthly to discuss issues relating to the DOT, review & approve the 5-year Transportation Improvement Plan, award projects let to bid, and numerous other activities that govern the DOT. The nine members are appointed to four-year terms by the governor and each represents one of the four Regions of the state.





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Rodney Fouberg, Chairman PO Box 1496, Aberdeen, SD 57401-1496 605.225.0832 605.229.1310

Appointed: April, 1997
Reappointment Term Ends: April, 2015

Rodney was born in Mitchell, SD. He graduated from Letcher High School, Letcher, SD in 1956. He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree from South Dakota State University in 1960. Rodney is a banker, Chairman and CEO of Dacotah Banks, Inc., Aberdeen, SD. He and his wife, Glenna, have two grown sons, Robert and Daniel.

Robert Benson PO Box 462, Winner, SD 57580-0462 605.845.5648 605.557.3450

Appointed: March, 2003
Reappointment Term Ends: April, 2017

Robert was raised on a ranch 30 miles southwest of Winner. He attended a one room rural elementary school, graduated from Winner High school, and went on to major in Mathematics at the University of South Dakota. He lives on his ranch in Winner with his wife Judy of 45 years and has three grown children. Robert was a member of the National Guard for more than 30 years and was mobilized to "Desert Storm" where he commanded over six thousand combat engineers in support of that operations. After the ground war, he became a Theatre Engineer and had engineering responsibility for several countries in southwest Asia and retired as a Brigadier General. He has served on many boards and committees locally and statewide and was a senator in the South Dakota Legislature.

Tim Dougherty PO Box 2376, Sioux Falls, SD 57101 605.335.8586

Appointed: December, 2013
Term Ends: April, 2014

Ralph Marquardt PO Box 1040, Yankton SD 57078 605.665.1053 605.665.4665

Appointed: September, 2003
Reappointment Term Ends: April, 2015

Donald L. Roby 57 Sunrise Dr., Watertown, SD 57201 605.753.5720 605.753.5679

Appointed: February, 2011
Reappointment Term Ends: April, 2017

Don is a Watertown native and a 1980 graduate of Watertown High School. He attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He is currently employed by Winthrop Resources Corporation. He and his wife Kelly have three children, Nathan, Alyssa, and Ryan. His interests include exercising, boating, and golfing. He is active in the community and serves on the board of various foundations and organizations.

Jerry Shoener 4022 Oakmont Ct., Rapid City, SD 57702 605.342.4270 605.719.9977

Appointed: April, 2003
Reappointment Term Ends: April, 2015

Jerry was born and raised on a ranch in Ziebach County and currently resides in Rapid City with his wife. They are the proud parents of six grown children. Jerry began his lifelong career at the Rapid City Journal selling newspapers at the age of 12. His only detour from the newspaper business came during World War II when he spent a year and a half in the Navy. Jerry retired in 1992 as the Circulation Editor and Vice-President - more than fifty years making sure everyone's newspaper got delivered. Jerry is a graduate of National American University and a four-term South Dakota State Senator from District 34. He has served on many local and state boards and commissions, as well as being a Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. Jerry believes, "I feel community service is the rent you pay for the space you occupy in that community and I have tried to keep my rent paid up by staying active in community affairs."

Sam Tidball PO Box 297, Ft. Pierre, SD 57532-0297 605.223.7690 605.223.2583

Appointed: August, 1994
Term Ends: April, 2014

Larry Thompson 2211 N. Minnesota Vantage Pt., Mitchell, SD 57301

Appointed: December, 2013
Term Ends: April, 2016

Michael J. Trucano

155 Sherman Street, Deadwood SD 57732 605.578.2000 605.578.3565

Appointed: May, 1997
Reappointment Term Ends: April, 2016

Mike Trucano is president of Black Hills Novelty Co., a purveyor of coin operated vending machines. Trucano earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1978 from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA in 1979 from Southern Methodist University. He lives in Deadwood with his wife, Cynthia, and their two children, Matthew and Molly. Trucano is involved in many local and regional charitable and service organizations.

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