Governor Mary Fallin on Wednesday announced she has appointed Robert A. “Bob” Peterson to the Oklahoma Transportation Commission.
Peterson, of Tulsa, will replace Peter J. Regan, who has resigned. Regan, of Tulsa, was reappointed to the Transportation Commission by Fallin in 2011 and in 2016. Peterson will represent District 8, which covers the northeast part of the state, on the eight-member commission. His term is scheduled to expire Feb. 15, 2025.
Peterson is chairman and chief executive officer of Melton Truck Lines, a long-haul flatbed trucking company headquartered in Tulsa. Melton operates 1,300 over-the-road trucks, more than 2,000 open-deck flatbed trailers, and employs more than 1,600 people.
“Bob Peterson has demonstrated leadership and vision throughout his career,” said Fallin. “He understands well the importance of maintaining and continuing to improve and expand our transportation infrastructure to improve our state’s economy.”
Peterson began his career in trucking by obtaining a commercial driver’s license, and worked from 1985 to 1989 at Contract Freighters Inc., of Joplin, Missouri, starting as a truck driver and lastly as executive vice president of operations. He served as president of GlasTran, Inc., a start-up trucking company he founded in 1989 with 30 trucks before merging it with Melton in 1992. Prior to that, his professional experience included executive management positions in venture capital, bank management and public accounting.
He earned a bachelor of arts in economics and environmental studies from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. Peterson and his wife, Cindy, support several organizations, including the Tulsa Area United Way, the Philbrook Museum of Art, Reading Partners, and Pets Helping People.
“I appreciate Governor Fallin’s confidence in me with this appointment to the Transportation Commission,” Peterson said. “The state of Oklahoma has been a great location for our business, and we’ve benefited from the safe and extensive highway system we have. I look forward to serving the governor and the people of Oklahoma in my new capacity.”