NEWS: Chris Caldwell sworn in as federal co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority

January 12, 2018

Caldwell ‘excited to hit the ground running’

MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA REGION – Chris Caldwell today was sworn in as federal co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). He will assume his duties immediately as head of the agency, which partners with private and public entities to support economic development activities in eight states.

“I am excited to hit the ground running, as we partner with states and communities to provide the necessary resources to support the hardworking people of the Delta,” Caldwell said. “This is an incredible opportunity to work alongside the team at DRA to make the Delta region more competitive and create greater opportunities for economic development.”

Before being confirmed as DRA chairman, Caldwell served as the director of special projects for Senator John Boozman (R-AR). Caldwell was the campaign manager for Senator 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 Governor Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential bid and Arkansas Senator 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


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