Iowa Transportation Commission

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Tom Rielly

Tom Rielly
Tom Rielly, chair
304 North 8th Street
Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577
Office: 641-673-0359
Cell: 641-660-0336
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Rielly, a Democrat, owns Rielly Insurance & Financial Services in Oskaloosa, and has been active in insurance and financial services since 1989.

Tom is a lifelong resident of Oskaloosa and Mahaska County. He graduated from Oskaloosa Senior High School in 1985 and from Loras College in 1989 with a BA in Finance.

Tom is currently active in several civic organizations including: Knights of Columbus, BPOE Oskaloosa Elks Lodge #340, Sons of the American Legion, and the Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group. He is also a former Junior Achievement instructor, Jaycees president, Rotary member and YMCA board member.

Tom served as the mayor of Oskaloosa for four terms, from 1997-2004 and was elected to the Iowa State Senate in 2004, where he served as a State Senator for two terms from 2005-2012. While in the Senate, he was Chairman of the Transportation Committee from 2007-2012. He also held the Vice Chair position on the Commerce and Agriculture committees as well as serving on the Economic Growth, and Local Government committees.

He is a Graduate of the Iowa Association of Business & Industry’s Leadership Iowa Program, Class 1999-2000; a Graduate of the Emerging Political Leaders Program, at the Darden School of Business; Univ. of Virginia Class of 2005; and a two-time Association of General Contractors Legislator of the Year.

Tom met his wife Mary at Loras College, in Dubuque and they married in 1990. In 1993 they moved back to Oskaloosa and raised their two daughters Katie and Shawn, who now live and work in Des Moines, and enjoy life with their two Boston Terriers, Bean & Lucy.

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Nancy Maher

Nancy Maher
Nancy Maher, vice chair
17 Applewood Drive
Shenandoah, IA 51601
712-215-2884
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Nancy, a Democrat, worked at Iowa Western Community College in the Economic Development Department before owning and operator three retail businesses in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Nancy is a lifelong resident of Southwest Iowa. She graduated from Shenandoah Community High School. Nancy earned BS degrees in Personnel Management & Psychology and an MBA from Northwest Missouri State University.

She served on the Southwest Iowa Girl Scouts of America Board. Nancy is a member of the Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association and the Shenandoah beautification committee. Nancy is actively involved in economic development In Shenandoah.

Nancy lives in Shenandoah, Iowa with her significant other, Gregg Connell. Gregg is Executive Vice President of Shenandoah Economic Development Board and served on the first Vision Iowa Board as Chairman of the CAT program. They have two sons, Todd Maher and wife Lori of Colorado Springs, CO and Nick Maher and wife Amy of Lincoln, Nebraska and four grandchildren.

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Richard Arnold

Richard Arnold
Richard Arnold
26875 407th St.
Russell, IA 50238
641-203-0298
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Richard Arnold, a Republican, served eighteen years in the Iowa legislature retiring in 2012. He was assigned to both the transportation and natural resource committees for two terms.

Richard grew up on a farm near Russell, Iowa, graduating from Russell High School and Iowa State University with a degree in animal science. Richard served six years, two of those years as chair on the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. He has also been active in local government as well as state government. He served on the Russell City Council and also two terms on the Lucas County Board of Supervisors.

Today Richard continues to farm the family farm, and also drives part-time for Hy-Vee Inc. He has traveled to nearly all the Hy-Vee stores in Iowa, by way of both interstate 80 and 35 and most of our state highways.

Richard is married to Cheryl, a retired Hy-Vee distribution manager. They have been blessed with five children and 11 grandchildren.

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Kathy Fehrman, chair

Kathy Fehrman
Kathy Fehrman
3419 St Johns Rd
Des Moines, IA 50312
308-530-5331
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Fehrman, a Democrat, is currently the managing partner of Fehrman Investments, L.L.C. Before moving to Iowa in 2008, she worked in the field of accounting in Columbus, North Platte, and Omaha, Neb.

She was born in Omaha and graduated from Northwest High School in 1979. In 1984, Fehrman earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Fehrman has served on the Board of Salisbury House and Gardens Foundation and currently serves on the Boards of Greenwood Historic Neighborhood Association and the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

She and her husband, Bill, have been married since 1981 and have two sons, Ben Fehrman of Oxford, UK, and Scott Fehrman of Las Vegas, NV

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Linda Juckette

Linda Juckette
Linda Juckette
3386 Cumming Road
Cumming, IA 50061
515-490-9632
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Linda, a Republican is currently the President & CEO of Capstone Management, and President of Prairie Valley Farms.

Born and raised in Waukee Iowa, Linda graduated from Waukee High School. After she married her husband Tom Juckette, Linda ran Prairie Valley Farms running a successful thoroughbred breeding operation along with the farm grain, clear hylum used for tofu production in Japan, and organic hay operations.

Tom was part owner in Juckette Management Services building and managing long term care facilities in Florida, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa since 1967. Linda’s passion for care of the elderly led her to open Capstone Management in 2014 managing long term skilled facilities across Iowa.

Linda has been active in Iowa Health Care Association serving on the legislative committee advocating for senior care in Iowa and Washington D.C. She has also been active in the Des Moines Community Playhouse and leading worship through music ministry at Hope Lutheran Church in West Des Moines for over 20 years.

Linda and her late husband Tom had one son together. Cole and his wife Nikki live in Lincoln Nebraska, Cole will be graduating in May 2019 from the University of Nebraska with a Masters Degree in Anthropology.

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John Putney

John Putney
John Putney
1365 170th St.
Gladbrook, IA 50635
515-240-8866
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Putney, a Republican, was the executive director of the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation from its inception in 1993 until his retirement in 2014. In this role, he spearheaded the efforts to renovate and preserve the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Putney is a native of Gladbrook, attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Iowa State University. He graduated from the Iowa Military Academy and served as an officer in the Iowa National Guard. Putney operated a grain and livestock operation in Tama County for 23 years. From 1989 until 1993, he served as a special assistant to Senator Charles Grassley. During his tenure with Grassley, Putney planned statewide activities to foster economic growth and coordinated numerous federal conferences.

Putney was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2002 and served two terms representing the counties of Tama, Benton, Grundy, and parts of Iowa County before retiring. He served as vice chairman, co-chairman, ranking member of the Senate Transportation Committee, and ranking member of the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee. He also was an assistant leader for five years and served as his party’s Whip.

In addition to his fundraising role, Putney has been an avid participant in the Iowa State Fair for many years — as an exhibitor, president of the Sale of Champions, and beef superintendent.

Putney has been active in numerous civic and agricultural organizations. He and his wife of 52 years, Emily, reside on their farm near Gladbrook and raise registered Angus cattle. They have three children, Leah, of Marion; Carolyn, of Ankeny; and Mark, of Elgin. They also have nine grandchildren.

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Charese Yanney

Charese Yanney
Charese E. Yanney
3435 Pawnee Place
Sioux City, IA 51104
712-277-3129
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Yanney, a Republican, is a partner in Guarantee Roofing, Siding and Insulation Company of Sioux City (1976-present). The company provides a full range of products and services, and holds the prestigious GAF certification as "Master Elite Contractor."

She attended Morningside College in Sioux City, and obtained her bachelor of science in education degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebr., with a major in English/speech and drama, and minor in physical education.

Yanney is a former junior high and high school teacher at the Sioux City Community Schools (1973-76), and O'Neill Public Schools in O'Neill, Nebr. (1972-1973). In addition to teaching core curriculum classes, Yanney coached drama, was an assistant coach for junior high girls track, and organized pep club and cheerleading activities.

Yanney is currently a member of the Vision Iowa board of directors. She is a current member of St. Luke's Regional Medical Center's board of directors of Sioux City. Yanney is past president of the Sioux City Symphony's board of directors and past chairman of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce (2004-2005). Yanney was past chair of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry and is currently chair of their foundation board.

In 2010, Yanney was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame. The Iowa Commission on the Status of Women established the honor in 1975 to provide visible examples for future female leaders.

Previously, Yanney served in several governor-appointed positions, including the Privacy Task Force (2001-2002); Vertical Infrastructure Committee (2000-2004); Governor's Committee on Community Colleges, a five-year plan for community colleges (2000-2001); Governor's Committee on Reformed Spending (1991-1992); the Iowa Economic Development Board (1992-1998); and Iowa Beer & Liquor Control Department Board, including board chairperson (1982-1985).

Yanney was also formerly active in a number of civic and community organizations, including the University of Briar Cliff; United Way; Iowa Jobs for America's Graduate; Council on Human Investment; Girls Inc. of Sioux City; Looking for Secondary Education, a committee for the local school board; Sioux City Chamber of Commerce; and Junior Achievement.

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