Retired Columbus banker Sam Wellborn was elected on Wednesday to an unprecedented sixth term on the 14-member Georgia Board of Transportation.
Wellborn, 75, is the longest serving member of the board that governs the Department of Transportation. His election came in the Georgia Senate chambers with GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry and GDOT Board Chairman Robert L. Brown Jr. in attendance.
The board consists of a representative from each of the state’s congressional districts. Wellborn represents the 15-county Third Congressional District, which stretches from north Columbus to south Fulton County. He was elected by acclimation after he was the only person nominated for the post.
“Almost all of the 27 members who could vote were there and I appreciate that because it shows they appreciate what I am trying to do for them in their districts,” Wellborn said.
The selection of Wellborn by the General Assembly members who represent parts of the Third Congressional District was unanimous.
Rep. Calvin Smyre, D-Columbus, made the nomination.
“That meant a lot to me to be nominated by Calvin,” Wellborn said. “It was special because he is the dean of the General Assembly and I am the dean of the transportation board. Also, we worked together for 25 years at Synovus and he is a very, very dear and close personal friend.”
Wellborn announced earlier this month he would seek another five-year term.
“If I make it the whole term, I will be 80,” Wellborn said.
The Board of Transportation oversees a state agency with a $3.4 billion annual budget and more than 3,500 employees.