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Former Iowa DOT leader Trombino withdraws from federal highway post consideration

Nominated by Trump earlier this year, Trombino cites family reasons

Paul Trombino III, then the Iowa Department of Transportation director, gives the keynote address during a March 11, 2015, Marion economic development business lunch. (The Gazette/file photo)
Paul Trombino III, then the Iowa Department of Transportation director, gives the keynote address during a March 11, 2015, Marion economic development business lunch. (The Gazette/file photo)

Former Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino III has withdrawn his name as a nominee to become administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.

A U.S. Department of Transportation representative confirmed Monday that Trombino, who earlier this year cleared the U.S. Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works as a nominee to head the federal highway agency, cited family reasons for withdrawing before a floor vote on his confirmation.

He could not be reached for comment Monday night.

Trombino was nominated to lead the highway administration earlier this year by President Donald Trump. During the nomination process, Trombino drew praise from Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds and U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a member of the committee, for his work with the Iowa DOT and potential as head of the Federal Highway Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation. The administration supports state and local governments with design, construction and maintenance of the federal highway system.

Trombino left his Iowa DOT post last fall after about five years in the position. Most recently, he was president of McClure Engineering Co., of Clive, which provides engineering services to clients in the Midwest.

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