WASHINGTON – Amtrak welcomes back Tom Carper to its board of directors. He was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve a five-year term.
Mr. Carper previously served as a board member from March 2008 to March 2013. He was elected chairman in January 2009 and served in that capacity until his term expired.
“I look forward to revisiting and tackling the exciting challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” Carper said. “Amtrak remains a critical component of national transportation infrastructure and it plays a vital role connecting communities and providing passengers with convenient access to job centers thus enhancing regional economies.”
“Tom’s reappointment will only strengthen the make up of the existing board by virtue of his wealth of experience, transportation knowledge and the continued growth of America’s Railroad which continues to enjoy record ridership levels throughout the country,” said Amtrak Board Chairman Tony Coscia.
Eight of the nine Amtrak board positions are now filled. Mr. Carper will join Tony Coscia, Bert DiClemente, Christopher Beall, Jeff Moreland, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, and Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman.
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About Tom Carper
Mr. Carper was a small business owner from Macomb, IL, and served as Mayor of Macomb from 1991 to 2003. He was appointed by the Amtrak Board of Directors to serve on the Amtrak Mayors’ Advisory Council and served as its Chair from 2000 to 2001. In 2003, he was named regional director of the West Central Region for Opportunity Returns by the Illinois governor. He retired from this position in 2010. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University in 1982. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1970 in Thailand and Vietnam.