Tom Carper rejoined the Amtrak board of directors on August 9, following his recent nomination by President Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate. He will serve a five-year term.
Mr. Carper had previously served as a member of the board from March 2008 through March 2013. He was elected chairman of the board in January 2009 and served in that capacity until his term on the board expired.
Mr. Carper was originally nominated by President George W. Bush as a director of the Amtrak board of directors in May 2007 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2008. He 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 mayor's 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 that position in 2010.
Mr. Carper received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University and served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1970 in both Thailand and Vietnam.