General President and
International Vice President
Rich Johnson first became General President of the Carmen Division effective May 1, 1996. In that post, he also serves as an International Vice President. He was elected to a full five-year term at the 1999 Convention. Rich began his rail career in 1971 and four years later became a journeyman carman. After serving Lodge 1266 as Local Chairman, he went on to become Vice General Chairman of his Board in 1982. Appointed a Carmen Vice President in 1985, he was elected in 1987 and re-elected in 1991. He was elected Carmen Division Assistant President in 1992 and was returned to that post in 1995.