Thompson replaces former AASHTO Vice President and Director of the Michigan Department of TransportationPaul Ajegba. Ajegba retired at the end of 2022 after a 31-year transportation career.
“AASHTO plays an important leadership role in America’s transportation system,” Thompson said. “From delivering cutting-edge research to promoting highway safety to providing a platform for states to learn from one another, AASHTO’s services are vital to Wisconsin and to state transportation agencies nationwide. It’s an honor to be elected Vice President.”
Governor Tony Evers named Thompson — who has more than 26 years of experience working with Wisconsin businesses, communities, legislators, and units of government — as Wisconsin DOT Secretary in January 2019. In his role at WisDOT, Thompson leads more than 3,200 employees that support all modes of transportation, including state highways, local roads, railroads, public transit systems, airports, and harbors, as well as the Division of Motor Vehicles and the Division of State Patrol.
Thompson previously served as Executive Director of the Transportation Development Association (TDA) of Wisconsin. Prior to leading TDA, he served as the Legislative Director for the Wisconsin Counties Association, managing legislative initiatives at the state and federal levels.