A businessman from western Illinois is back on the board of directors at Amtrak.
The passenger railroad said this week that Tom Carper from Macomb was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve another five-year term.
Carper was on the board from 2008 until March of this year, when his previous term expired. That stint included four years as chairman.
In a statement, Carper says he’s looking forward to getting back to work at the railroad, calling it a “critical component” of the nation’s transportation system.
Carper is a former mayor of Macomb and a graduate of Western Illinois University, which is located in the city.
He’s also an Army veteran who served in Vietnam.