Introduction to Roger Millar

Read an introduction to Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar.

Roger Millar joined the Washington State Department of Transportation as Deputy Secretary in October 2015 and was appointed Secretary of Transportation in August 2016. He oversees an agency that is the steward of a complex, multimodal transportation system, and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. 

Roger Millar is an engineer, planner and program manager with an international reputation for innovative approaches to conservation and development. The prominent theme that has run through his career has been planning and implementing transportation systems that are not ends unto themselves; but rather the means toward economic vitality, environmental stewardship, social equity, public health and aesthetic quality. His work on the Portland Streetcar and the Glenwood Springs to Aspen BRT provided communities nationwide with a blueprint for new mobility tools. His Complete Streets leadership helped create a national movement for transportation systems that are safe, convenient and pleasant for all users, regardless of how they choose to travel. His State DOT leadership is bringing innovation to agencies with enormous influence on transportation investment.

Millar is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He serves on the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Board of Directors (2022-2023 President), the ASCE Transportation and Development Institute Board of Governors (2022-2023 President), the USDOT Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity, the National Operations Center of Excellence Strategic Advisory Council, the National Complete Streets Coalition Steering Committee, the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council Expanding the Workforce Subcommittee and the Surface Transportation Board Passenger Rail Advisory Committee. Millar served on the ASCE Board of Direction from 2017 to 2020 and on the Board of ITS America from 2018 to 2023. He was ITS America Board Chair from 2021 to 2022.

Millar graduated from the University of Virginia in 1982.

Roger Millar, Secretary of Transportation

Roger Millar, PE, FASCE, FAICP
Secretary of Transportation
Washington State Department of Transportation

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Slow down – lives are on the line. 

In 2023, speeding continued to be a top reason for work zone crashes.

Even one life lost is too many.

Fatal work zone crashes doubled in 2023 - Washington had 10 fatal work zone crashes on state roads.

It's in EVERYONE’S best interest.

95% of people hurt in work zones are drivers, their passengers or passing pedestrians, not just our road crews.