Office of the Secretary

 Secretary Greg Thomas


Greg Thomas has over 30 years of experience in the electric and natural gas industry. He began his career as a technical engineer for Kentucky Utilities (KU), and over the years, has held many diverse positions in the electric distribution sector, including customer service engineer, field operations coordinator, division engineer, district manager, division vice president, regional general manager, and Vice President of Distribution Operations and Energy Delivery.

At Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E), Thomas was responsible for the safe, reliable, and strategic operation of the statewide electric distribution system and related regulatory and compliance functions. His responsibilities included overseeing the installation of service for new customers; enhancing, maintaining and operating the electric network; system restoration and mutual assistance efforts; substation construction and maintenance; and vehicle fleet operation and the federal Department of Transportation compliance.

Thomas has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee. Most of his working career has been in the state of Kentucky. His career began in the mountains of southeast Kentucky, then moved to Lexington, and he now resides in Louisville.

Thomas is a graduate of Leadership Kentucky. He lives in Louisville with his wife, LuAnn. He has two sons, Will and Gus.

 Deputy Secretary Paul Looney

Portrait-P.Looney-crop-edit-sm.jpgAs a KYTC Civil Engineering Scholarship recipient, Looney began his career with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet after graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1996 with a civil engineering degree.


Looney spent 16 years in the Division of Highway Design as a pavement engineer and later became pavement branch manager. In 2014, he transitioned to the role of assistant state highway engineer where he was the project manager for the Interstate 69 projects in Kentucky and also managed the Expedited Bridge Replacement Program. Looney most recently served as the executive director of the Office of Project Development. During his time in the role, he implemented the Performance Based Flexible Solutions initiative that evaluates the financial and design efficiency of projects, which has led to significant gains for the Cabinet.


Looney lives in Frankfort with his wife Natalie and their two children, Lachlan and Poppy

 Chief of Staff Asa James Swan

Asa Swan Official Portrait.jpgAsa James Swan serves as the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Chief of Staff. He previously worked in the Cabinet as a legislative liaison from 2004-2007. Asa spent eight years as an assistant professor of history at Lindsey Wilson College. His career has also included service on the staffs of former Kentucky 2nd District U.S. Congressman Ron Lewis, for whom he was a legislative assistant, and the U.S. Senate Republican Conference, where he was Interim Deputy Director of Coalitions.

Mr. Swan is a 1999 graduate of Huntington University in Indiana where he was a Rhodes Scholar candidate. He received his Master of Arts degree in History from Western Kentucky University in 2002 and is currently pursuing a doctorate in history at the University of Kentucky. Asa is a native of Campbellsville, Kentucky and is married to Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball.

 State Highway Engineer Andy Barber

Andy Barber PortraitPrior to being named state highway engineer, Barber served as the Department of Highway’s deputy state highway engineer for project delivery and preservation. In that role, he oversaw the six divisions that procure, construct and maintain the Commonwealth’s roads and bridges. Prior to that, he served as the KYTC’s project manager on the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project, leading a team that delivered the Downtown Crossing portion ahead of schedule and under budget. He also served as KYTC’s project manager for the Milton Madison Bridge Replacement Project, which was delivered via the largest truss slide in North America. Barber got his start in construction in the Fayette County resident engineer’s office in District 7.


A recipient of the KYTC Civil Engineering Scholarship, Barber earned his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering at the University of Kentucky. Barber resides in Louisville with his wife Jennifer and daughters, Molly and Lucy.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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