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Session No. 4F

Session Title: Legislative Perspective on the Transportation Industry

A 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

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

  • Panelist: Representative Tim Hennessey, Pennsylvania House – Majority Chairman House Transportation Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Panelist: Representative Mike Carroll, Pennsylvania House – Minority Chair House Transportation Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Panelist: Mark Compton, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission  
  • Panelist: Leeann Sherman, Executive Director American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC/PA)
  • Panelist: Matt Reiffer, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC/Federal)                       


Speaker Bios

A long-time community servant as a legislator, dedicated attorney, trial attorney with the public defender's office from 1973 to 1992, and lifelong resident of Chester County, Tim Hennessey has represented the residents of the 26th District since 1993. In the House, Hennessey serves as the Republican Chairman of the Transportation Committee. During his tenure, Hennessey has authored legislation helping local governments tackle the problems of urban blight and abandoned property. He is the author of Act 64 of 1997, which waives the advertising and bidding requirements for the sale of township real property to nonprofit community development corporations, as well as the Weed and Seed Legislation, Act 146 of 2002. He also is a strong advocate for property tax relief and improving schools throughout the Commonwealth. In addition to his committee work, Hennessey chairs the Steel and Irish caucuses. He also dedicates his time to the Local Tax Reform, Firefighters and Emergency Services and Solid Waste caucuses. Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Hennessey served as chairman of the Rotary Student Exchange Program and the Group Study Exchange. He was president of the Birthright of Pottstown and past president of the Alternatives Corporation of Pottstown, a shelter for abused or dependent children. Hennessey is a 1965 graduate of St. Pius X High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph’s University in 1969, and his Juris Doctor degree in 1972 from Villanova University School of Law.

State Rep. Mike Carroll, D-118, Luzerne/Lackawanna, was first elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2006. He formerly worked as the chief of staff for then-state Rep. John Yudichak, was a legislative liaison for transportation issues under Gov. Robert Casey and served as district office director for Congressman Paul Kanjorski. A graduate of Pittston Area High School, Carroll earned a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from the University of Scranton. Carroll is Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee. Carroll is a member of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Board of Directors and a board member for the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he served as the 2010-11 Legislative Fellow at East Stroudsburg University. A lifelong resident of Avoca, he is a member of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick in Pittston, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Avoca Division. He is a member of Queen of the Apostles Parish in Avoca and has served as a lector for the past 40 years. In 2010, Carroll was awarded the Boy Scouts of America Minsi Trails Council Distinguished Citizen Award for his work to rehabilitate the Stillwater Dam in Tobyhanna Township. In 2014, he was awarded the Jean Yates Award from the Pittston Memorial Library Board of Trustees based on his dedication and service to the library and the Joseph Battisto Award for his legislative service to the citizens of Monroe County. In 2015, he received the Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries (PCBL) State Elected Official Award. In May 2016, he received the BAYADA Home Health Care Champion award, and in June 2016 he was presented with the Silver Bayonet Award by AMVETS in grateful appreciation of services rendered to the community, state and nation. In 2017, Mike received the Champion for Children award from the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children for his leadership on issues helping Pennsylvania’s children.

Mark P. Compton of Manheim, Pennsylvania began serving as chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on Feb. 1, 2013. A professional with more than 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. 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, Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he worked in various public and private operations, focusing largely on transportation, construction and economic development. Compton has been an active participant in the International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association, or IBTTA. Since 2015, Compton has served on IBTTA’s Board of Directors and is currently serving as IBTTA’s second vice president and is slated to serve as president in 2021.

Leeann Sherman is the Executive Director at the American Council of Engineering Companies of PA (ACEC/PA). She 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 more than 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. Sherman was a driving force behind the success of Act 89 and ensuring that public transportation was an integral part of the funding program while at PPTA. 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 bachelors degree from Penn State in hospitality management and is currently enrolled in their master’s program for community and economic development.

Matt Reiffer is the Senior Director of Transportation Programs for the American Council of Engineering Companies. He is the association’s primary lobbyist on all federal transportation issues, including the surface transportation bill, aviation, rail and transit matters before Congress and the Administration. Prior to joining ACEC in 2008, Reiffer served for six years as the Legislative Director and Counsel for Congressman Vern Ehlers of Michigan, a senior member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. 


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Thursday, December 12, 2019

10:30 to Noon

Room 208

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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