Council State Representatives
A State Representative provides the essential link that unites local and national efforts into effective advocacy for passenger trains and transit. A Representative represents local needs, issues and activities at the national level; helps formulate national policies through participation in Associations committees; and implements these policies by working at the grass roots level. A Representative plays a key role in helping the Association accomplish its mission.
The ideal candidate is a results-oriented self-starter with a strong dedication to accomplishing the mission of the Association. He or she should have the time and financial resources needed to participate in Association activities. Leadership, communication, networking skills and interest in the political process are highly desirable. Familiarity with rail and transit issues is also a plus.
A Representative must be a member in good standing (having paid Association dues for at least one year); be a legal resident & registered voter of the state they are seeking to represent and be at least 18-years of age.
- Elects the Representatives at Large, Officers and Directors of the Association
- Reviews Association policies and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors
- Participates on at least one Association committee
- Communicates with NARP members in Representative’s area; understands their issues
- Learns about legislators at both the state and federal levels in his or her State; knows their issues and voting records; becomes familiar with their staffs; where needed, organizes targeted programs to educate them about our issues
- Becomes more effective by networking with
a. Other Representatives
b. Local and state officials
c. Business, community and educational organizations and leaders
d. Other advocacy organizations
e. The media
- Identifies and recruits talented people to participate in Association activities, committees and leadership positions including Elected State Representative
- Provides regular reports of activities and accomplishments to his or her Division Leader and, where applicable, to his or her state’s Representative Coordinator
- Maintains proper decorum at all times when representing the Association in public
- Avoids conflicts of interest
- Provides financial support to the Association by
a. Being a fully paid member in good standing of the Association and, if able, moving to a higher level of support
b. Assuming the personal expenses and time incurred in attending Council of Representatives and local membership meetings
c. Recruiting new members
d. Assisting in the fund raising and endowment enrichment activities to ensure that the Association’s resources are adequate far into the future
e. If able, making contributions directly to the Association to help fund mission critical activities
Revised by the NARP Board of Directors on June 21, 2012.
"It is an honor to be recognized by the Rail Passengers Association for my efforts to strengthen and expand America’s passenger rail. Golden spikes were once used by railroads to mark the completion of important rail projects, so I am truly grateful to receive the Golden Spike Award as a way to mark the end of a career that I’ve spent fighting to invest in our country’s rail system. As Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, it has been my priority to bolster funding for Amtrak, increase and expand routes, look to the future by supporting high-speed projects, and improve safety, culminating in $66 billion in new funding in the Bipartisan infrastructure Law."
Representative Peter DeFazio (OR-04)
March 30, 2022, on receiving the Association's Golden Spike Award for his years of dedication and commitment to passenger rail.