Mike King Bio
Secretary, Kansas Department of Transportation
After more than 30 years in the construction industry, Mike King was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to lead the Kansas Department of Transportation and its 2,700 employees on March 23, 2012. In July 2013, he also became Director of the Kansas Turnpike Authority, providing a single voice for statewide transportation. In this dual role, Secretary King is positioned to efficiently manage the entire state transportation system.
The Hesston native has three priorities for KDOT: Safety, completion of the T-WORKS transportation program and support of economic development. As a member of the Governor’s Growth Team, Secretary King works closely with other state agencies to help Kansas seize economic opportunities.
During Secretary King’s tenure at KDOT, tens of millions of dollars have been saved on construction contracts, bond costs and equipment. Savings have also been achieved through a line-by-line review of KDOT’s budget and an agency review of core mission responsibilities.
For more than 20 years, Secretary King owned King Enterprise Group, a construction business he purchased from his father in 1991. Under his leadership the company grew from a small McPherson-area concrete contractor to a premier central Kansas contractor in the oil/gas and industrial marketplace. He sold the company in 2012.
Secretary King is a 1981 graduate of John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., from which he earned a degree in building construction. He and his wife Peggy have four children.