Margaret Anderson Kelliher Announces Upcoming Departure as Department of Transportation Commissioner Following Appointment at City of Minneapolis

Governor Walz thanks Anderson Kelliher for her service to Minnesotans, will announce transition process in the coming weeks

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Upon the upcoming nomination of Margaret Anderson Kelliher to Director of Public Works at the City of Minneapolis, Governor Tim Walz today thanked Commissioner Anderson Kelliher for her service to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the state of Minnesota. Commissioner Anderson Kelliher will remain in her role at MnDOT for the coming weeks, pending the approval of her appointment by the Minneapolis City Council. Governor Walz will announce the transition process for the Department’s leadership closer to the time of her departure.

“Commissioner Anderson Kelliher is an extraordinary public servant, and I am deeply grateful for her leadership at the Department of Transportation,” said Governor Walz. “Every Minnesotan deserves safe and efficient roads that bring them home to their families, and as we look to the future, our next generations of Minnesotans deserve clean air and a healthy climate. Every day, Commissioner Anderson Kelliher has worked tirelessly toward those goals. I am confident that she will continue to serve Minnesotans well in her new role with the City of Minneapolis, and I thank her for her commitment to our state.”

“I’m grateful for Commissioner Anderson Kelliher’s service to Minnesota,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “As Commissioner, she led with her values of making sure every Minnesotan has access to a 21st century transportation system that centers safety, efficiency, and sustainability. The Governor and I thank her for bringing her skills, knowledge, and dedication to our administration.”

“I’m grateful to Governor Walz, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan, my fellow Commissioners, and all of the hardworking MnDOT staff for the trust they placed in me as Transportation Commissioner over the last three years,” said Commissioner Anderson Kelliher. “From securing funding for major safety projects like Highway 14 and completing the 35W@95 reconstruction, to working closely with partners to improve transit options statewide and centering innovation, climate, and sustainability in all of MnDOT’s work, I’m very proud of the progress we’ve made. It’s been my honor to work with the dedicated public servants at MnDOT, and I’m confident that Minnesotans will continue to be served well by this world-class agency.”

About Anderson Kelliher

Anderson Kelliher was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation in December 2018 by then Governor-elect Tim Walz and began the job in January 2019 when the Walz-Flanagan administration took office. Prior to her service at MnDOT, Anderson Kelliher was president of the Minnesota High Tech Association and served 12 years in the Minnesota House of Representatives, including four years as Speaker of the House (2007 – 2011).

During her tenure as MnDOT Commissioner, Anderson Kelliher oversaw billions of dollars of investment to build safer roads and bridges and improve connections and mobility for people walking and biking statewide. She expanded the agency’s work consulting with Tribal Nations and launched the Sustainable Transportation Advisory Council to help the agency reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector. She has also served as Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Vice President of the Mid-America Association of State Transportation Agencies; Co-Chair of the Governor’s Connected and Automated Vehicles Advisory Council; and Chair of the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board.

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