Five people were elected Feb. 1. to the State Transportation Board of Georgia by caucuses of state representatives and senators in each of their congressional districts.
Rep. Johnny Floyd of Crisp County was elected in the 2nd Congressional District. Floyd replaces Board member W.P. “Billy” Langdale of Valdosta, who decided not to seek re-election after 20 years of service.
Floyd, a native of Cordele, has served on the Georgia House of Representatives since 1989 and is currently Vice Chairman of the House Transportation Committee. He also is a member of the Appropriations, Banks & Banking and Motor Vehicles committees. Floyd, 69, will retire from the Legislature after the 2008 session ends and will serve a full five-year term on the Board, beginning in April.
Floyd is the President of Floyd Timber Company, a forestry products company specializing in timber sales.
Emory McClinton of Fulton County was re-elected to serve a fourth five-year term in the 5th Congressional District.
McClinton was first elected to the board in 1993. He served as chairman from April 2001 to April 2002 and as vice chairman from April 2000 to April 2001.
McClinton has dedicated most of his professional life to transportation and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the State Transportation Board. Before joining the Board, he worked for 22 years as a senior management official with the Federal Highway Administration Office of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
In thanking the 5th District legislators, McClinton said the board will work to mitigate traffic congestion and promised “a year of progress.” He promoted a Multi-Modal Transit Center in downtown Atlanta that will “bring a new level of economic development.”
McClinton serves on the board’s Equal Access, Intermodal and DOT Overview committees. He also represents the Board on the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Mike Evans of Forsyth County was elected to a second term in the 9th Congressional District.
Evans is currently chairman of the board and has played a leading role in bringing change to the Department of Transportation. He thanked the 9th Congressional District legislators for his re-election and promised to improve the transportation infrastructure in the district and across the state.
“We have lots of work to do in transportation,” Evans said. “I look forward to working with all of you.”
As a member of the State Transportation Board, Evans has focused the department on improving project delivery, congestion mitigation, strategic planning, public-private initiatives and asset management.
As chairman of the State Transportation Board, he sets the monthly agendas and names members to the 12 committees of the board.
Raybon Anderson of Statesboro was re-elected to a five-year term in the 12th Congressional District.
Anderson is founder and chairman of the Bulloch Fertilizer Company. He has also served on the Board of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and as Director and former Chairman of the Georgia Agri-Business Council.
He serves on the State Transportation Board’s Consultant Services, Equal Access, Highway Contractors, Intermodal and Legislative committees.
Dana Lemon of Clayton County was re-elected in the 13th Congressional District. This is the second term on the board for Lemon, who was first elected in 2003.
Lemon serves on the board’s Consultant Services, Equal Access, Finance, Intermodal and Public-Private Initiatives committees.
Lemon has been instrumental in the prioritization of major projects within her district and is an advocate of alternative transportation modes in Georgia. She is a member of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and volunteers with nonprofit organizations that address family violence and counseling issues.
A resident of Jonesboro, she will continue her service with a five-year term that begins with the April board meeting.
The Georgia Department of Transportation is governed by the State Transportation Board. Its 13 members, representing each of the state’s congressional districts, exercise general control and supervision of the department. Each member serves a five-year term and the terms are staggered. Board members are elected by the state representatives and senators whose state districts fall within the congressional district, whether it’s all of their district or just a portion.