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Session No. 4A

Session Title: Legislative Perspective on the Transportation Industry

Session Description: Brief presentation on the panel and potential topics followed by open panel Q & A: Topics could include: Highlights of any recently passed transportation-related legislative actions and any potential transportation-related legislative actions under consideration; Thoughts and concerns from a legislative perspective on the future of transportation related to Connected Vehicles; Future potential for speed enforcement in work zones; Brief overview of the political procedures related to changes in transportation policies in Pennsylvania.

Moderator: Casey Moore, P.E., McMahon Associates, Inc.        

Panel Q&A

Greg Rothman, House Representative (R) — Transportation Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives      

Peter Schweyer, House Representative (D) — Former Transportation Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Mark Compton, Chief Executive Officer, PA Turnpike Commission

Leeann Sherman, Executive Director, ACEC/PA

Nolan Ritchie, Executive Director, Senate Transportation Committee, Office of Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr.

Panelist Bios

Greg Rothman was elected to represent the people of the 87th Legislative District in Cumberland County in a special election on August 4, 2015. Greg brings a strong business background to the General Assembly. As a small business owner, he knows how out-of-control spending and higher taxes negatively impact the Commonwealth’s employers and is committed to ensuring the state lives within its means while supporting the core functions of government. In 1989, he started as a real estate sales agent at RSR REALTORS and advanced to serve as President and CEO. Under his leadership, the company grew to become one of the largest real estate businesses in Central Pennsylvania. He resigned as president and CEO in January 2018. Greg enlisted in the Marine Corps during Operation Desert Storm. He served nearly 10 years in the Marine Corps Reserve, rising to the rank of staff sergeant before being honorably discharged in 2001. His service led the President of the United States to appoint him to the National Veterans Business Development Corporation Board to encourage veterans to start entrepreneurial ventures. Greg is a graduate of Cumberland Valley High School and holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and a Master of Science degree in real estate from Johns Hopkins University. He previously has served as a trustee at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and has served as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg. He was one of the five founders of the Harrisburg Young Professionals. Greg is married to Porsha Gaughen. He is the proud father of four children: Nicholas, Eleanor, Mia, and Abigail. The 87th District includes all of Camp Hill Borough and East Pennsboro and Hampden Townships, as well as half of Silver Spring Township, all in Cumberland County.

State Representative Peter G. Schweyer was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2014 and represents the 22nd District in Lehigh County. His legislative priorities include properly funding public schools, investing in pre-kindergarten programs, supporting affordable access to higher education, including the DREAM Act, increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, and supporting economic development initiatives. A former hospital administrator, Rep. Schweyer also advocates for legislation to increase pediatric screenings at birth and increase access to health care. Born and raised in Allentown, Rep. Schweyer graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School and then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in political science from the Pennsylvania State University, State College. He also studied elementary education at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia on the post-graduate level. Prior to his election, he worked as director of community and government affairs for Sacred Heart Hospital, directing the hospital's community health and community development initiatives. Immediately prior to his service with Sacred Heart Hospital, he served as chief of staff to former state Rep. Jennifer L. Mann for eight years. He had also served as legislative assistant for state Sen. Lisa M. Boscola and state Rep. Steve Samuelson. Rep. Schweyer gave back to his community, serving on Allentown City Council from 2008 until his election to the state House. When he took office in January 2008, he became the youngest member of city council and was, at the time, the youngest elected official serving in any level of government from Allentown. His accomplishments as a councilman include taking the lead on reforming the city's finances and pension, adding funding to the city’s budget for an annual gun buyback program, crafting a comprehensive anti-graffiti law and championing initiatives to address blight. He also serves on several community organizations that strive to improve the quality of life in Allentown and surrounding communities. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Sarah and Erin. Sarah attends Allentown public schools.

Mark P. Compton of Manheim, Pa., began serving as chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on Feb. 1, 2013. A professional with nearly two decades of public and private-sector experience in transportation, administration, government affairs and construction, Compton holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State with a major in government management and administration.He previously served as PennDOT's deputy secretary of administration, overseeing eight bureaus within the agency. Before joining PennDOT, he was director of government affairs for American Infrastructure, a heavy civil construction company headquartered in Worcester, Pa. Prior to that, he worked in various public and private operations, focusing largely on transportation, construction and economic development. He currently serves as Chair of the International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association's Government Affairs Committee. 

Leeann Sherman has been the executive director for ACEC/PA for over a year but comes to ACEC/PA from the Pennsylvania Public Transit Association (PPTA) where she has served as executive director for four and half years. She has over 25 years of management experience in the tourism, transportation and non-profit sectors with a background in business operations, fiscal management, human resources, board and member relations, professional education, meeting coordination and advocacy. At PPTA, Sherman was a driving force behind the success of Act 89 and ensuring that public transportation was an integral part of the funding program. As a member of the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition, she is aware of the challenges and issues that lie ahead for the consulting engineering community. Sherman has a bachelor’s degree from Penn State in Hospitality Management and is currently enrolled in their master’s program for community & economic development.

Nolan Ritchie is the Executive Director of the Senate Transportation Committee for Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr., the Majority Chairman. In this capacity, Ritchie supports the transportation legislative priorities of Senator Rafferty and is responsible for the management of transportation-related legislation and policy in this Commonwealth focused on public safety, mobility, funding, and modernization of our transportation networks, services, and products. Prior to moving to the Senate of Pennsylvania, he worked at PennDOT for nearly eight years in different management capacities in Central Office including Special Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation Barry Schoch, Innovations Officer in the Bureau of Innovations, and Administrative Officer for the State Transportation Commission. Ritchie received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Penn State Harrisburg and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Lebanon Valley College.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

10:30 a.m. to noon

Room 208





The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891