Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has nominated Dr. Edward D. Hillhouse, Villa Ridge, to the State Highways and Transportation Commission.

“I’m excited to be a part of the Missouri Transportation System,” Hillhouse said. “I look forward to serving with the rest of the commissioners.”

Hillhouse said he also looks forward to bringing his experience from Franklin County to the state level, having served in a county with both rural and urban transportation needs.

He added he has spent the last several weeks preparing paperwork for the governor’s staff to review before an appointment to the committee is made.

The appointment must be confirmed by the Senate.

Hillhouse, a Republican, will round out the six-person commission that is made up of three Democrats, one Independent and one Republican representative currently.

Hillhouse currently serves as the interim superintendent of the Meramec Valley R-III School District, stepping into his former role after the untimely death of Superintendent Randy George last summer.

Hillhouse, served for 15 years as Meramec Valley School District superintendent, two terms as Franklin County presiding commissioner and five years as East-West Gateway Council of Governments executive director.

As superintendent of schools for Meramec Valley, he represented 25,000 constituents. At the county level he represented 100,000 and at East-West Gateway he represented 2.6 million constituents in eight counties and many municipalities.

The commission makes and tracks transportation policy and has authority over all state transportation programs and facilities, as provided by law, including bridges, highways, aviation, railroads, public transportation, ports and waterborne commerce.