Since taking office in 2011, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has been a strong leader on transportation issues. As a member of the Regional Transportation Council, he has steered hundreds of millions of dollars to Dallas County. Judge Jenkins is widely recognized as an emerging leader on transportation issues and is a fierce and effective advocate for infrastructure and road improvement throughout Dallas County, particularly in southern Dallas County.
Judge Jenkins led the effort to restore funding equity to Dallas County and the surrounding area by returning $1.52 billion to the East region from RTC allocations. Thanks in large part to his advocacy the $757 million Horseshoe Project is underway and another $400 million was earmarked for additional projects including Interstate 35E, State Highway 183 and Loop 9 in southern Dallas County.
Jenkins has also championed improvements at the North Texas Tollway Authority. He originated the idea and spearheaded a four County Judge commission that evaluated NTTA through an independent financial and performance review which subsequently made 82 recommendations for the toll authority in the areas of Organization, Procurement, Transparency, and Finance. As a result, NTTA is a stronger, more diverse and transparent organization.