Frank Ursomarso
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Trustee

June 11, 2007 through Present

Frank Ursomarso has spent his career in politics and the automotive industry.

Currently he is Chairman of Union Park Automotive Group, a franchised automotive dealership comprised of BMW, Volvo, Honda, Buick GMC and Jaguar brands. It has been in business and family-owned for three generations. Frank is a member of the Delaware Automobile and Truck Dealers Association. Also he served on the Industry Relations and Communications Committees during his tenure on the Board of Directors at NADA. Frank is a member of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

Frank’s political career began in 1974 to 1976, when he served as staff assistant to President Gerald R. Ford, and then in 1981 when he was deputy assistant and director of communications to President Ronald Reagan. He was walking with President Ford in Sacramento California, when an attempt was made to shoot President Ford. Additionally, Frank’s experience with communications includes having been Television Production Coordinator for the 1976 and 1980 Presidential Debates. He served as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network, the Pennsylvania Securities Commission, the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, and was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

During his service in the U.S. Army as a military police officer, he was a member of the task force on domestic disturbances. His unit, the 503d Military Police Battalion was deployed to the Pentagon for the March on the Pentagon. He served one year in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

Frank earned a J.D. degree from UCLA in 1967 and a B.A. degree from Gettysburg College in 1964. He is married to the former Catherine Sanders and lives in Wilmington, Delaware. He has three sons and three grandchildren.

Read Oral History Interview with Frank Ursomarso

Frank and James Ursomarso reflect on President Ford’s character, integrity in the Delaware Online in July 2018 

December 10, 1976. President Gerald R. Ford welcomes Frank Ursomarso to the Oval Office. (Photo Courtesy of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library)

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