Transportation Infrastructure & Funding Challenges

Speaking: 10/24/2019 9:00 AM

Transportation Infrastructure & Funding Challenges

Greg Thomas

Secretary, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Thomas joins the cabinet after spending nearly 33 years in the electric and natural gas industry.

Thomas began his career in the industry as a technical engineer for Kentucky Utilities (KU). Over the years, he has held many diverse positions in the electric distribution sector including customer service engineer, field operations coordinator, division engineer, district manager, division vice president, regional general manager, and director of Distribution Operations and Energy Delivery.

At Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E), Thomas was responsible for the safe, reliable and strategic operation of the statewide electric distribution system and related regulatory and compliance functions. His responsibilities included overseeing the installation of service for new customers; enhancing, maintaining and operating the electric network; system restoration and mutual assistance efforts; substation construction and maintenance; and vehicle fleet operation and the federal Department of Transportation compliance.

Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is a member of the Edison Electric Institute Operations Group. Thomas serves on the American Gas Association Executive Council, the Southern Gas Association Executive Committee and the board of the American Red Cross.

Thomas is a graduate of Leadership Kentucky and is a volunteer for Project Warm, the WHAS Crusade for Children and Metro United Way.  He lives in Louisville with his wife, LuAnn. He has two sons, Will and Gus.

Sal Santoro

Kentucky State Representative

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Representative Sal Santoro of Florence has served in the Kentucky House of Representatives since 2007, and is beginning his seventh term in the General Assembly. He currently serves as chairman of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation, which plays a key role in crafting the Commonwealth’s biennial road plan.

Santoro represents the 60th House District, which includes part of Boone County. In addition to his chairmanship, Santoro also serves on the Appropriations and Revenue, Banking and Insurance, Licensing and Occupations, and Transportation Committees.

Santoro is the President of Santoro Electric Company Inc., and is a former Kentucky State Trooper. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati and a graduate degree from Xavier University.

Santoro is involved with numerous civic and non-profit organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and Visitor Bureau and formerly on the board of the Florence Fire Protection District. He is also involved with the OKI (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) Regional Council Government, which brings together leaders from government, business and civic institutions to address various policy issues, and is a member of the Association of Builders and Contractors.

Santoro is a member of the Knights of Columbus organization, as well as the St. Paul Parish in Florence. He and his wife Sharon have three children and ten grandchildren.

Hon. Ernie Harris

State Senator

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Born December 23, 1947. Retired Airline Captain. Farmer. Southern Baptist. UK, BBA. Webster Univ, MA Mgt. US Air Force, Ret Lt Colonel. Oldham Co Chamber of Commerce. Oldham Co Farm Bureau. Am Legion Post 39. 1996 Golden Staff Award. KY Staffing Services Assoc. Taxpayers' Best Friend.

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