Thomas Sorel

Ron HenkeDirector

Department of Transportation

Thomas Sorel was appointed Director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) in August 2017 by Gov. Doug Burgum.

Sorel served as Minnesota Department of Transportation commissioner from 2008-2012, overseeing a workforce of 5,000 employees with a $4.3 billion annual budget and a $1.4 billion annual transportation program. Prior to that, he had a 30-year career with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, serving as administrator of its St. Paul Division from 2005 to 2008 and receiving a presidential honor for his leadership related to the I-35W bridge collapse response, recovery and rebuilding.

Sorel most recently served as chief operating officer of the Minnesota Trucking Association. He previously ran his own transportation consulting firm in Woodbury, Minn., and served as vice president of surface transportation for Serco North America, working on intelligent transportation systems and other areas.

A native of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Sorel earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the State University of New York in Buffalo and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. He and his wife, Laurie, have one son.

The NDDOT has more than 1,000 employees, a two-year budget of $1.2 billion and a $465 million construction program for the 2017 season.

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