After 12 years on the state Transportation Commission, the last four as chairman, Medford attorney Stuart Foster is stepping down.

After 12 years on the state Transportation Commission, the last four as chairman, Medford attorney Stuart Foster is stepping down.

The commission, made up of five citizen volunteers, sets policy direction and approves transportation funding decisions for the state. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate.

Foster, a partner with Foster Denman in Medford, was not immediately available for comment today.

While the commission tends to be made up of commissioners representing different geographic regions of the state, the only requirements are that one member must live east of the Cascade mountain range and no more than three can belong to one political party.

Other Oregon Transportation Commission members include Gail Achterman, Michael Nelson and Janice Wilson. Randall Pape stepped down in October for health reasons, said Patty Wentz, acting communications director for Gov. Ted Kulongoski's office.

She said new members can be named when the Legislature convenes a special session early in 2008.

— Meg Landers