The House Transportation Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to make Todd Long the Department of Transportation's first director of planning.
The vote came weeks after Gov. Sonny Perdue recommended Long for the task.
State Rep. Jay Roberts, the panel's chairman, said he looks forward to working with Long to "improve Georgia's transportation system."
The new position was created this year by legislation backed by legislative leaders and Perdue. The measure gives them more power over how transportation dollars are spent in Georgia.