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Graves Statement on the Retirement of Amtrak CEO William J. Flynn

Washington, D.C., December 15, 2021 | Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446 | comments
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Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) released the following statement on the announced retirement of Amtrak Chief Executive Officer William J. Flynn:

“I want to congratulate my good friend, Bill Flynn, for his tremendous service in a number of leadership roles across the transportation sector, including most recently as Amtrak’s CEO.  Bill assumed this position of leadership during one of the most challenging times in Amtrak’s history.  He came aboard just as COVID began to dramatically impact the rail service’s ridership and operations, and his many years of experience and skillful management in just about every sector of the transportation industry provided a steady hand at Amtrak’s helm that was absolutely invaluable and essential.  I have known Bill for many years, and he has always been an effective leader and a straight shooter, and that certainly held true throughout his tenure at Amtrak.  As Bill moves on, and with an influx of new funding, Amtrak has many challenges ahead in using those funds to achieve greater effectiveness and efficiency, and I look forward to working with newly named President and CEO Stephen Gardner to meet those goals.  To Bill, I offer my thanks for his service at Amtrak, and my congratulations on a distinguished career in transportation.  Everything in this country moves, whether by land, sea, or air, and for the last four decades and more, that was thanks in part to the work of Bill Flynn.”

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