Secretary, Kansas Department of Transportation
Mike King has led the Kansas Department of Transportation and its 2,400 employees since being named Secretary of Transportation by Gov. Sam Brownback in March 2012. His duties expanded in July 2013 when he also became Director of the Kansas Turnpike Authority.
The Hesston, Kan., native, whose private sector construction experience includes work on highways, bridges, pipelines and large infrastructure projects, has three priorities for Kansas transportation: 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.
As KTA Director, Secretary King’s goals are to grow ridership, improve customer service and facilitate regional electronic tolling interoperability.
In August 2014, Secretary King was elected to a one-year term as president of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials. As head of the 10-state consortium, Secretary King will focus on the seamless, state-to-state movement of freight in the region.
For more than 20 years, Secretary King owned King Enterprise Group, a central Kansas construction company. He sold the company in 2012 after being named Transportation Secretary.
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.