THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES CARPER AND MCLAIN TO NATIONAL PASSENGER RAILROAD CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate Delaware Governor Thomas R. Carper and Celeste Pinto McLain to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). Gov. Carper will assume the seat on the board being vacated by Gov. Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin. Celeste Pinto McLain is being appointed to a vacant seat on the board reserved for a business person with an interest in rail transportation.
Gov. Carper became Delaware's Chief Executive on January 19, 1993, after serving five terms as Delaware's Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives and six years as State Treasurer. He has been elected to statewide office nine times, more than anyone in Delaware's history.
A strong supporter of Amtrak, Gov. Carper while serving in Congress was a daily passenger on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.
In announcing the nomination, President Clinton said, "Gov. Carper's leadership, financial expertise and strong commitment to providing America with quality passenger rail service will be of great service to the Board, as well as to the millions of customers who rely on Amtrak's service each year."
During his five terms in Congress, Gov. Carper served on the Banking Finance and Urban Affairs Committee and Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. He also chaired the House Subcommittee on Economic Stabilization. He is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the New Castle Presbyterian Church and Common Cause.
Gov. Carper holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Ohio State University and an M.B.A from the University of Delaware. He resides in Wilmington with his wife, the former Martha Stacy, and two sons.
An accomplished attorney, Ms. McLain, since 1990, has been a trustee and member of the Audit Committee of the Pilgrim Group's Prime Rate Trust, which invests in senior, collateralized corporate loans. She is also a trustee and member of the Audit Committee of a number of other mutual funds for the Pilgrim Group. Ms. McLain has also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association since 1981.
Ms. McLain was appointed to the California Board of Accountancy in 1985 by the California Speaker of the Assembly and she recently concluded her second four- year term. The 12-member State Board supervises the professional activities of all certified public accountants practicing or desiring to practice in the State of California.
Ms. McLain received her J.D. from Georgetown University's Law Center in 1974. She graduated cum laude in 1971 from Washington, D.C.'s Trinity College with a B.A. in English. Ms. McLain resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Tom, and their two sons.