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Gilbert B Norman
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  • Rick A. Dearborn of Oklahoma, to be a Member of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years.

    Mr. Dearborn served as Deputy Chief of Staff for President Donald J. Trump from January 2017 to March 2018, and was the executive director of the Presidential transition team following President Trump’s election. Mr. Dearborn served as the Chief of Staff for Senator Jeff Sessions from 2005 to 2017, as the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Congressional Affairs from 2003 to 2005, and as the legislative director for then Senator Sessions beginning in 1997. Mr. Dearborn graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1988. He and his wife, Gina, split their time between homes in Alexandria, Virginia and Birmingham, Alabama.
There will be an Amtrak whenever President Trump leaves office; it just won't be "Amtrak as we know it".
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A deeper dive into his resume shows that Mr. Dearborn has worked for former Senators Trent Lott and Kay Bailey Hutchison, both of whom were GOP supporters of Amtrak. Let's hope he shares the sentiments of those mentors.
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Good info Vincent. I wonder if he worked for Sen. Lott when he was Majority Leader. I remember in the late 90’s Lott worked with Sen. Moynihan on Amtrak legisation. It wasn’t too long ago there was actuall bipartishanship in Congress. I recall Lott talking about the need for decent food on the Crescent (he was from MS). I don’t recall the specifics but I guess it was during one of Amtrak’s save a dime campaigns.

Of course Sen. Hutchinson actively supported a national rail systtem. I hope Mr. Dearborn took lessons. I wonder if he actively sought this position or if it was just the normal cronyism.

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