CTS Distinguished Public Leadership Award

Purpose

This award was established in 1998 by the Executive Committee to recognize public leaders who through their vision, leadership and knowledge have influenced innovative transportation policy directions that benefit society. The first recipient of this award was State Senator Keith Langseth in recognition of his leadership in sponsoring legislation that has helped develop Minnesota’s transportation system and his ongoing support for transportation research and education programs.

The Distinguished Public Leadership Award recognizes public leaders who have influenced innovative transportation policy directions that benefit society through their vision, leadership, and knowledge.

Winners

2017 Recipient

This year’s award is presented to Michael Beard, a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2002–2014. He served as lead Republican on the Transportation Committee for three terms and chair of the committee in 2011–2012. He was elected to the Scott County Board in November 2014 and currently serves as board chair.

Past Winners

2016

Judge James E. Dehn

2015

D. Scott Dibble, Minnesota State Senator

2014

Susan Haigh, Chair, Metropolitan Council

2013

Margaret Donahoe, Executive Director, Minnesota Transportation Alliance 

2012

James Hovland, Mayor, City of Edina 

2011

Peter Bell, Metropolitan Council (former)

2010

Steve Murphy, Minnesota State Senate

2009

Ron Erhardt, Minnesota House of Representatives (former)

2008

Fred Corrigan, Executive Director, Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota

2007

Curtis Johnson, President, Citistates Group

2006

Anne Beers, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Public Safety

2005

Elliot Perovich, Transportation Analyst, Anoka County

2004

Bernie L. Lieder, Minnesota House of Representatives

2003

Colleen Landkamer, Blue Earth County commissioner

2002

Mary Hill Smith, Metropolitan Council

2001

Peter McLaughlin, Hennepin County commissioner

2000

Carol Flynn, Minnesota Senate (former)

1999

James Oberstar, U.S. Congress (MN); Martin Sabo, U.S. Congress (MN)

1998

Keith Langseth, Minnesota Senate