Johnny B. Bradberry
Mr. Bradberry was appointed Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco on April 1, 2004. In this capacity, he leads a staff of approximately 4,800 with an annual budget of more than $2.5 billion. DOTD produces an annual construction program of more than $1.9 billion and is responsible for highway planning, construction, and maintenance; intermodal transportation, and water resources.
After hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Secretary Bradberry faced the monumental task of getting DOTD and Louisiana's vital infrastructure back on track. The levee breaches that flooded the city of New Orleans needed to be repaired, and the major bridges, including and the Caminada Bay Bridge in Grand Isle, needed to get back to their pre-Katrina capacities. The Secretary took the lead in aiding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by finding innovative ways to repair the levees and stop the flooding in New Orleans. As Secretary, he fast-tracked the contract to repair the twin-span bridge causing both spans to be opened ahead of schedule restoring the bridge to its pre-Katrina traffic capacity on January 6, 2006. Furthermore, he worked tirelessly to repair the Caminada Bay Bridge, which connects Grand Isle to the rest of Louisiana, and had it back open to traffic in about a month.
After a full career in the oil industry, Bradberry has become an industry leader in transportation. Nationally, he is a member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), where he serves as the President of the Institute for Trade and Transportation. Statewide, Bradberry serves as Chairman of the Louisiana Transportation Authority and the Louisiana Investment in Infrastructure for Economic Prosperity Commission, leads the Latin American Trade and Transportation Study, and is a member of the Louisiana Offshore Terminal Authority. Additionally, Bradberry serves as a member or leader of no less than seven boards, commissions, or authorities.
Prior to his appointment, Bradberry's professional career spanned almost 27 years in the oil and gas industry with ConocoPhillips Company of Houston, Texas. His industrial experience includes having served as a senior oil and gas manager, both domestic and international, in the exploration and production areas. Bradberry has traveled globally through his work in the oil business.
Bradberry is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute. He currently serves on the Industry Advisory Council of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Petroleum Engineering Department. Bradberry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas in 1973. He earned his Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1976. He also participated in the University Management Development Program at the University of Pittsburgh, Katz School of Business in 1992, and the Manager of the Future Development Program in 2000-2001. Bradberry has also completed some graduate work in Petroleum Engineering at Tulane University.