(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association and
received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the
November 13, 2012 
Southwest Airlines Pilots Elect Captain Mark Richardson
as Union President 
Houston-based Captain will lead Union’s efforts through 2014 
(DALLAS) - The membership of the Southwest Airlines Pilots’
Association (SWAPA) in voting that closed Monday elected Captain
Mark Richardson as Union president to a two-year term beginning
January 1, 2013. Capt. Richardson received 53.42 percent of the
vote in the election to represent over 6,300 Southwest pilots. A
Woodlands, Texas resident, Capt. Richardson has been a pilot at
Southwest Airlines since 1995 and is currently based out of
Houston Hobby Airport. 
“It is truly an eventful time to represent the pilots of
Southwest Airlines as the company completes its operational
integration with AirTran and SWAPA continues contract
negotiations,” said Captain Richardson. “I am honored by the
pilots’ trust and do not take lightly the responsibility of
leading our group through this changing landscape over the next
few years.” 
Capt. Richardson previously held the position of 2nd Vice
President from 2007-2010 and was a domicile representative for
Houston pilots in 2006. 
In addition, Captain Richard Forlano was elected to serve as 2nd
Vice President for the same two-year term. Capt. Forlano is also
Houston-based and will serve the pilot group full-time managing
the Union budget, elections and other executive tasks. 
Located in Dallas, Texas, the Southwest Airlines Pilots’
Association (SWAPA) is a non-profit employee organization
representing the more than 6,300 pilots of Southwest Airlines.
SWAPA works to provide a secure and rewarding career for
Southwest pilots and their families through negotiating
contracts, defending contractual rights and actively promoting
professionalism and safety. For more information on the
Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association, visit 
CONTACT : Neal Hanks
Director of Communications
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