Sec. Jim Gray leads the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), a state-funded agency that builds and maintains Kentucky’s transportation system. KYTC maintains more than 27,000 miles of roadways in the state including federal Highways and Kentucky state highways. It is also responsible for the safety of Kentucky’s 57 public airports and 33 public transportation systems, providing aid and assistance to local governments to improve transportation infrastructure and overseeing vehicle regulations including licensure of 3.1 million drivers and the registration of 4 million vehicles per year.
Gray was appointed Secretary of Transportation by Gov. Andy Beshear in December 2019. He is the former mayor of Lexington, Kentucky and was previously chairman and CEO of his family’s construction business, Gray Construction. He was the first openly gay mayor of Lexington, Kentucky.
Gray became head of KYTC shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic. The Transportation Cabinet was an integral part of the state’s pandemic response and vaccine rollout taking on much of the coordination of Kentucky’s transportation recourses for the routing and logistical movement of personnel, equipment and supplies including storage, transportation and distribution of the vaccine.
The Glasglow native is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
For more about him and the work of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, visit transportation.ky.gov.