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Robert Van Brocklin named head of Oregon Transportation Commission

Posted by on July 24th, 2019 at 2:16 pm

Robert Van Brocklin.

The Governor-appointed body that oversees the Oregon Department of Transportation has a new leader.

ODOT announced today that Robert Van Brocklin will be chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission. Brocklin will fill the spot of current Chair Tammy Baney whose term ends August 31st.

Van Brocklin is a Portland resident who formerly worked as a managing partner for Stoel Rives LLP, Oregon’s largest law firm. He has also worked for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and was the Director of Government Affairs for the City of Portland. Van Brocklin joined the OTC in November 2017.

One of the many organizations Van Brocklin has been involved with is the Portland Business Alliance where he currently serves as a member of their Board of Directors.


In his current role as OTC Vice-Chair, Van Brocklin is leading the process to find a new director of ODOT. A selection is scheduled to be made by the end of August.

In a statement released today Van Brocklin said:

“I am grateful for the opportunity to chair the Commission. Working with the Governor, the Legislature, and our federal, state, regional, and local partners, I believe Oregon has the opportunity to develop the best transportation system in the country. Oregonians deserve an integrated system that allows for the efficient, safe and affordable movement of people, goods and services around our communities and throughout our state. I look forward to pursuing that goal.”

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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    Jim Lee July 24, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Related to Norm?

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    Fred July 25, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Looks like the same old same old.

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    Jim Lee July 25, 2019 at 10:21 am

    But Norm was a much better quarterback.

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    Norman July 25, 2019 at 11:55 am

    I’m not seeing any reference to global warming in his press release.

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    GlennF July 25, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Great another lawyer should make things better…said no one..

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    Mick O July 25, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Bob is just the man to lead us boldly into the 20th century!

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    Mick O July 25, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Also it seems like the only OTC member who knew what a bicycle is resigned in 2018.


    He didn’t last long. Resigned in Sept. 2018.

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    John Lascurettes July 25, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    His quote sounds like dog whistle for more lanes for cars. I have an uneasy feeling about this guy.

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    Norman July 26, 2019 at 6:57 am

    With all the clamor Democrats make about the need to address climate change, behind the scenes the power that be pull all the strings like they have always done and nothing ever changes. The governor’s choice on who is on the commission says it all.

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      9watts August 4, 2019 at 4:35 am

      A dreadful state of affairs.

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