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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced James Tymon executive director at its annual board meeting held Sept. 20-24 in Atlanta.Tymon is currently association's chief operating officer and director of policy and management. He joined AASHTO in 2013.He'll take the reins as the association's sixth executive director when Frederick "Bud" Wright retires Dec. 31."Jim Tymon has a tremendous amount of transportation policy experience at the highest levels in Washington," said John Schroer, AASHTO's president and commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. "In our estimation, he is the most capable from among a diverse and highly qualified group of candidates to lead AASHTO and its talented staff in the coming years."Tymon previously served as staff director of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Highways and Transit Subcommittee. In that role, he managed the subcommittee responsible for writing authorizing legislation for the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. He also served as the committee's lead staffer for development of MAP-21, the surface transportation bill signed into law in 2012.Before that, Tymon spent three years with the Office of Management and Budget.