A Medford man was appointed Monday to the Oregon Transportation Commission, which oversees billions of dollars in projects and programs.

A Medford man was appointed Monday to the Oregon Transportation Commission, which oversees billions of dollars in projects and programs.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski appointed Medford attorney David Lohman and Alan Brown of Newport to the Oregon Transportation Commission.

They are filling two positions left vacant by Medford attorney Stuart Foster, who stepped down in November, and Randall Papé, who stepped down in October.

Lohman, an attorney in Medford, served as director of the Port of Portland's Policy and Planning Department from 1992 to 2003 and was the Port's delegate to Metro's Joint Policy Committee on Transportation.

He also served on the Bi-State Transportation Committee, on the first Interstate 5 Bridge Task Force, and served as Deputy Director of the Oregon Economic Development Department from 1987 to 1991.

In addition, the governor announced that he is reappointing Chairwoman Gail Achterman and Commissioner Janice Wilson. Vice-Chair Mike Nelson's term will not expire until 2011.

The OTC comprises five citizen volunteers — appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate — who set policy directions and approve transportation funding decisions for the state.

The commission meets monthly to oversee ODOT activities relating to highways, public transportation, rail, transportation safety, motor carrier transportation and drivers and motor vehicles.

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

Reach reporter Meg Landers at 776-4481 or e-mail mlanders@mailtribune.com.