Joe McGuinness - Commissioner, Indiana Department of Transportation

Joe McGuinness

Commissioner, Indiana Department of Transportation

Joe McGuinness was appointed Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation in January 2017 by Governor Eric Holcomb. He is a lifelong Johnson County resident and has been actively involved in transportation and infrastructure planning in central Indiana.

Joe graduated from Franklin College in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice, and received a Master of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2009. From 2000-2008, Joe served as a Johnson County Probation Officer. He began working with Peters Municipal Consultants in 2008 as an accountant and financial adviser for municipalities across the state.

Joe was elected mayor of Franklin in November 2011 and took office in January 2012. As mayor, Joe implemented innovative concepts in Franklin and oversaw a significant resurgence in the downtown area. Much of this growth and redevelopment occurred because of substantial investment in infrastructure and solid economic development projects.

He recently served on the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization Administrative and Policy Committees, Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, and the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan Steering Committee. He also served on the Funding Indiana’s Roads for a Stronger, Safer Tomorrow Task Force created during the 2016 legislative session. Joe has been honored to serve on the Accelerate Indiana Municipalities’ (formerly IACT) Board of Directors, Legislative Policy Committee, and Community & Economic Development Committee.

Joe and his wife, Anne, have been married since October 2001 and have two children. Joe enjoys spending time with family, coaching his children in sports, and taking an active role in his community.