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246 Jessie Harris Building
Knoxville, TN USA 37996-1911

Phone: 865.974.0505

John Schroer
Commissioner of Transportation
State of Tennessee

John Schroer was appointed Commissioner of Transportation by Governor Bill Haslam in January, 2011. He is the 29th commissioner of the state agency that oversees a statewide transportation system including highways, rail, airports, waterways and transit.

Commissioner Schroer became Mayor of Franklin, Tennessee, in 2007. During his tenure, he was involved in the Middle Tennessee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), serving on its executive committee. By virtue of his position as mayor, he was a member of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and served as its treasurer. As Commissioner of Transportation, he continues to be a member of each of those public bodies

As Mayor, Schroer was instrumental in implementing financial policies that led to AAA ratings from both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, putting Franklin in the top ranking of cities across the country. He also played a crucial role in capital planning and prioritization by instituting several key changes in process and managing Franklin’s budget in difficult economic times. Commissioner Schroer was a member of the Middle Tennessee Mayor’s Caucus and served on its executive committee.

Prior to his election as mayor he was a member of the Board of the Franklin Special School District for 13 years, serving as its chairman for eleven of those years. He served on the Board of the Tennessee School Board Association as Treasurer and Vice President.

An Indiana native, Commissioner Schroer received a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University. After graduation he moved to the Franklin area and subsequently received an MBA from the University of Tennessee. He spent ten years in the commercial real estate financing business before beginning a real estate development business.

John and his wife Marianne are members of Franklin First United Methodist Church. He is a past board member of Williamson County United Way and a founding board member of Franklin Tomorrow.

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