Former Pennsylvania state Senator Sean Logan of Monroeville, Pa., was unanimously confirmed to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission yesterday by the Pennsylvania Senate. Gov. Tom Corbett nominated Logan on June 13 to fill the vacated seat of former state Senator J. William Lincoln. Logan testified June 26 before the Senate Transportation Committee and was unanimously reported to the full Senate. He will attend his first meeting as a Turnpike commissioner on July 16 in Harrisburg, Pa.
Logan served a decade in the Pennsylvania Senate representing the 45th District in parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. He now serves as executive director and CEO of Visit Monroeville.
"I have known Sean for over a decade, and I have found him to be a dedicated and thoughtful leader,” said Turnpike Commission Chairman William Lieberman of Pittsburgh. “He brings the experience necessary to help the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission carry on the improvements we’ve undertaken, and he will be a tremendous asset."
During his time in the senate, Logan served as secretary of the Senate Democratic Caucus, as minority chairman of the Law and Justice Committee and as a member of the Appropriations Committee. He was vice chairman at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) during a time of turmoil and transition, and he said that experience will serve him well in his Turnpike job.
“I understand the critical responsibility involved in serving the commonwealth as a Turnpike commissioner at such a time,” Logan said. “We have to make the commission more efficient; we have to make it more accountable and more transparent. That’s what we did at PHEAA, and that’s what I look forward to doing at the Turnpike.”