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TRUST presents 3rd annual Guardian Award to former Tulsa legislator (PRESS RELEASE)

TRUST presents 3rd annual Guardian Award to former Tulsa legislator (PRESS RELEASE)


TRANSPORTATION COALITION PRESENTS THIRD ANNUAL GUARDIAN AWARD TO FORMER TULSA LEGISLATOR

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, April 2, 2013 – Transportation Revenues Used Strictly For Transportation (TRUST), an advocacy group dedicated to funding and restoring Oklahoma’s infrastructure, presented its third annual Guardian of Transportation award to former state Representative Mark Liotta during its annual Transportation Innovation Banquet held Monday evening at the Jim Thorpe Museum in Oklahoma City. Liotta, who represented District 77 in Tulsa County from 1997-2007, served as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Transportation during a portion of his legislative service and was integral in reversing a decades-long trend of inadequate transportation project and maintenance funding across Oklahoma. TRUST president Neal McCaleb, secretary of transportation and director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority during the administration of former Governor and current TRUST co-chairman Frank Keating, said the award is presented annually to an individual that exemplifies excellence in all areas of the transportation industry.
“There are many deserving recipients of this award who have helped lead the charge in returning transportation as a core priority of state government, including Mark Liotta,” McCaleb said. “It was during Mark’s service in the House that the legislature, due in large part to his leadership and vision, began to recognize the extremely positive impact a first-rate, modern infrastructure has on Oklahoma’s economic livelihood and quality of life. Today, Mark, as chief deputy of the Tulsa County Commission, continues to advocate for improving Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure at every turn. It is an honor for TRUST to present the Guardian of Transportation award to him.”
Over 250 TRUST members, legislators, elected officials and transportation advocates attended the banquet which featured a keynote address from Fifth District Representative James Lankford (R-Oklahoma City). Congressman Lankford spoke about his two years of service on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the committee’s passage of a two-year reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs, and he introduced his successor on the T & I Committee, Second District Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-Westville). Congressman Lankford also paid tribute to former ODOT and OTA director Gary Ridley who retired March 31st after over 40 years of service to the state of Oklahoma. Ridley, however, will continue to serve as Governor Mary Fallin’s cabinet secretary of transportation.

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TRUST is an advocacy group dedicated to restoring Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure. We are committed to creating a culture within Oklahoma government that values and adequately funds transportation as a core priority. Since 2005 TRUST has grown into a diverse coalition of statewide organizations representing banking, energy, agri-business, construction, chambers of commerce, public safety, transportation and concerned citizens. To learn more please visit www.RestoreTRUST.org

Contact: John Cox, TRUST communications director, 405.255.8117, jdcox@cox.net


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