Assistant Bureau Chief of Engineering, Federal Affairs Liaison
James K. Polk Building, Suite 700
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243
Matt Barnes, Esq.
As Assistant Bureau Chief in Engineering, Matt handles issues related to the department’s transportation initiatives and federal-aid program as directed by Chief Engineer/Deputy Commissioner Paul Degges.
As Federal Affairs Liaison, Matt serves as TDOT’s Congressional liaison, coordinating with internal stakeholders and key Congressional offices and Washington D.C.-based non-governmental organizations to develop federal policy positions that promote departmental goals and initiatives. Matt covers Congressional hearings, tracks major transportation-related federal legislation, prepares materials for legislative visits, and provides timely and accurate responses to Congressional inquiries. He also works across all TDOT bureaus to coordinate the department’s comments to the Federal Register, develop action plans to implement major federal transportation legislation and policies.