THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES DONALD J. PEASE A MEMBER OF THE AMTRAK BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Clinton announced today his intent to re-appoint Donald
J. Pease of Ohio as a Member of the Amtrak Board of Directors.
Mr. Pease has served on the Board since his appointment by President Clinton in May of 1993. In addition to serving on the Board, Mr. Pease is currently a Visiting Distinguished Professor of Politics at Oberlin College. He is a former U.S. Congressman, representing Ohio's 13th District from 1976-1992. While in Congress, Mr. Pease was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Budget Committee. In addition, he formerly served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Science and Technology Committee.
Mr. Pease served as an officer in the U.S. Army and later became the editor and publisher of the prize-winning Oberlin News-Tribune. He went on to serve for ten years in the Ohio General Assembly, as both a state representative and a state senator, before his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976.
Mr. Pease graduated from Ohio University in 1953 with a B.S. in Journalism. He received his M.S. in Government from Ohio University in 1955. He and his wife, the former Jeanne Wendt, have one daughter, Jennifer, and reside in Oberlin, Ohio.
Created by Congress in 1970, Amtrak is a private corporation with controlling stock held by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Of its nine member Board of Directors, five are appointed by the President of the United States and two are appointed by the Secretary of Transportation. Federico Pena, Secretary of Transportation, and Thomas Downs, the Chairman of Amtrak, also serve on the Board. In addition to its basic national system, Amtrak provides intercity and commuter rail passenger transportation for the United States.