|NEOSHO - Gov. Matt Blunt today announced Rudolph (Rudy) E. Farber (R) of Neosho will serve on the State Highway and Transportation Commission, marking the first time ever a Newton County resident will serve as a commissioner.
“Rudy Farber will be an asset to the Commission as they work together to create a safe and modern transportation system that best serves the needs of all Missourians,” Blunt said. “I look forward to working with Rudy and the other commissioners as we continue to improve Missouri’s roads, highways and bridges.”
Farber, 65, is chairman of the board of Community Bank & Trust. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University and a master’s in business administration from Columbia University.
His appointment marks the first time ever a commissioner has served from Newton County and the first time in 35 years that a commissioner has hailed from any of the five southwestern most Missouri counties. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation for a term ending on March 1, 2013. He will replace Marjorie Schramm.
The State Highway and Transportation Commission is a six-member bipartisan board that guides the Missouri Department of Transportation. Commission members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Missouri Senate. No more than three commission members may be of the same political party. The term on the commission is six years.
Editor's note: Farber, as The Turner Report confirms, is a heavy contributor to the Republican Party in Missouri.