49. Russell McMurry

Russell McMurry
Illustration by Alex Fine

Focus Government, Infrastructure
Age 46
McMurry started at the Georgia Department of Transportation as an engineering trainee in 1990. His climb culminated this past January when he was elected commissioner, in charge of the department’s 4,100 employees and $2 billion budget. Now he’s tasked with doling out nearly $1 billion in funding across the state for roads projects following the statehouse’s 2015 passage of the largest infrastructure investment in years.

Drive carefully McMurry recently launched a safety campaign to counter a recent upswing in Georgia roadway deaths.

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This article originally appeared in our October 2015 issue.