NEWS: Christopher Caldwell Confirmed as Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional AuthorityDecember 22, 2017
7th-generation Arkansan to lead agency charged with investing in the Delta
MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA REGION – The U.S. Senate has voted to confirm Christopher Caldwell of Little Rock, Ark., as Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). President Donald J. Trump nominated Caldwell in September.
“This is an incredible opportunity to make a difference in the Delta region,” said Caldwell. “I am humbled by President Trump’s confidence in me and I am grateful for the Senate’s support.”
DRA’s Alternate Federal Co-Chairman Peter Kinder was appointed to his position in August by President Trump and has been leading the agency while Caldwell’s confirmation was pending. Kinder now will serve under the leadership of Caldwell, along with the rest of DRA’s staff.
“Chairman Kinder and the hardworking team at DRA have provided tremendous leadership during this transition period, and I look forward to working alongside them as we continue to make a positive economic impact across the Delta region,” said Caldwell.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and U.S. Senators John Boozman of Arkansas and Thad Cochran of Mississippi welcomed Caldwell’s confirmation.
“The Senate’s confirmation of Chris Caldwell as federal co-chair of the Delta Regional Authority is a great moment for the 252 counties it serves,” Hutchinson said. “He is a seventh-generation Arkansan who knows the issues that matter. His experience in the trenches with Senator Boozman has equipped him to address those issues. I congratulate Chris for his confirmation. Great days are ahead for the Delta.”
“Chris brings so much to the table. He's a tenacious, committed public servant who has a strong sense of duty to the region. He understands what it takes to bring economic growth to our communities and will excel in this role. I truly believe that great things are in store for the entire Delta region with Chris at the helm of the DRA," said Boozman (R-AR).
“There is great potential in the Delta, and Chris Caldwell now has an opportunity to help this region improve economically and in other areas that will improve the quality of life of its residents,” said Cochran (R-MS). “I wish him the best in this new role.”
Kinder issued the following statement:
“Congratulations to Chairman Caldwell on his confirmation. On behalf of our board and the governors in our eight states, I welcome Chris to DRA and I am confident we will build a partnership that will continue to deliver economic development opportunities and infrastructure improvements to our region.”
Before being confirmed as DRA chairman, Caldwell served as the director of special projects for Boozman. Caldwell was the campaign manager for Boozman’s 2016 re-election campaign, as well as the political director for Boozman's 2010 Senate campaign. He has also served on several other campaigns, including Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential bid and Arkansas Sen. Tim Hutchinson’s 2002 Senate campaign.
Beyond his political and government service, Caldwell has held various roles in the private sector and is an active volunteer in his community. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Caldwell resides in Little Rock with his wife Ashley and their two children.
About the Delta Regional Authority
The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. To date, DRA’s investments have exceeded $3.7 billion – including contributions from federal, state and local partners – and have supported infrastructure improvements, workforce development and training, and increased community capacity. These investments have helped create or retain more than 38,000 jobs, trained more than 8,400 workers for 21st Century jobs, and provided water and sewer service to more than 75,000 families since DRA was established. Learn more at dra.gov.