Kentucky native J. Todd Inman working at U.S. Dept. of Transportation under Sec. Elaine Chao

02/03/2017 03:13 PM

There’s one more Kentuckian walking the halls of power — Owensboro insurance agent and longtime Republican activist J. Todd Inman is now working in Washington D.C.

Inman was appointed as the director of operations in the Department of Transportation under newly minted Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. The role is a combination of duties that keep him working late into the evening and early in the morning.

Working in the nation’s capital is “humbling,” and the Calvert City born Kentuckian is making sure all who greet him are aware of his roots.

On his first day, the first thing Inman did was place a Kentucky flag in a base outside of his office door.

“I planted my flag the first day, and everyone in this office knows who the Kentucky guy is. Whenever it’s over with I’ll still call Kentucky home,” he said. “I’m just here to do my work, and try to do my work good, but when I come home it will be to Kentucky.”

With his pride in the bluegrass, Pure Politics asked Inman if Chao, the wife of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and his connections to Kentucky would lead to renewed vigor for Kentucky based infrastructure projects.

Inman said every project before the department deserves equal attention; however he said it was obvious Chao, “loves her home state.”

“I’m sure I’ll have a much more heightened awareness of transportation needs and issues as she will,” he said. “In the end it has to be based upon whether it’s good government, whether it’s accountable, whether it fits with the president’s agenda.”

Inman added that he and Chao don’t need to be briefed on Kentucky’s needs and issues, “so that helps on the learning curve.”

“It also helps to make sure we understand the issues and the problems that are facing Kentucky companies to try to reduce some of the burdensome regulations, while at the same time continuing a high quality of standard of safety.”

The role in the Department of Transportation is Inman’s first job in government, and he credits his involvement with numerous campaigns and working directly with Chao over the years that’s “given him another opportunity.”

“Every day that I’ve woken up I’ve been just amazed that I’m here, that I’m helping be a part of this to basically represent Kentucky, and hopefully make government good again.”

President Donald Trump promised during the campaign that he would focus on revitalizing roads, bridges and airports across the United States. Before assuming the office of the presidency, Trump promised to deliver a massive rebuilding package to Congress in his first 100 days in office.

Republican Party spokesman Tres Watson called Inman, an invaluable resource to the state party and was confident he would excel in the position.


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