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 also spent 13 years in Washington, D.C. working in the United States Senate, serving as chief financial officer among other positions.
In October 2019, Mr. McKenna was elected to a one-year term as president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). The previous year, he served as vice president of the association and chair of the Strategic Management Committee and Transportation Policy Forum during the development of AASHTO’s surface transportation reauthorization policy. He currently serves as the chair of AASHTO’s Committee on Safety, where he focuses on spreading the effort to tackle reducing roadway fatalities through changing driver behavior. MoDOT’s Buckle Up Phone Down safety campaign has already spread to more than a dozen other states.
Mr. McKenna served as president of the Mid America Association of Transportation Officials from 2017-2018. He recently completed serving six years as 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, have two sons, Patrick Jr. and Connor, and a daughter, Kelsey.