Richard E. Carver

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Richard E. "Dick" Carver (b. 1937) was Mayor of Peoria, Illinois from 1973 to 1984 and United States Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management & Comptroller) from 1984 to 1988.


Richard E. Carver was born in Des Moines, Iowa on August 28, 1937.[1] He was educated at Bradley University, graduating with a B.S. in business administration in 1959, and was named a Distinguished Graduate in 1983.[2]

After college, Carver became president of the Carver Lumber Company in Peoria, Illinois.[1] He also served in the Air Force Reserve Command, eventually attaining the rank of Colonel.[1]

In 1969, Carver was elected to the Peoria City Council.[3] After four years on City Council, Carver was elected Mayor of Peoria on April 3, 1973.[3] He was re-elected on April 5, 1977.[3] During his second term in office, he served as president of the United States Conference of Mayors 1979-80 and President of the National Conference of Republican Mayors[4] In 1980, he was a candidate to be United States Senator from Illinois, but lost the Republican primary to Dave O'Neal.[3] He was re-elected to a third term as Mayor of Peoria on April 7, 1981, and subsequently held that office until 1984.[3]

On April 14, 1978, President Jimmy Carter named Carver to a member of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernal Affairs, and on June 17, 1981, President Ronald Reagan named Carver a member of the President's Commission on Housing, a position he held until 1984.[4] On August 11, 1984, President Reagan nominated Carver to be Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management & Comptroller).[1] Carver subsequently held this office until 1988.

Upon leaving government service in 1988, Carver became the President of ZF Industries while continuing to own Carver Lumber Company.[5] He became President and CEO of MST America in January 1995.[5] From November 1998 to April 2000, he was President and CEO of RPP America.[5] He was a member of the Board of Directors of Competitive Technologies, Inc. from 2000 to 2007.[5]


Government offices
Preceded by
Russell D. Hale
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management & Comptroller)
1984 – 1988
Succeeded by
Michael B. Donley