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  • Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) 
    • Tammy Baldwin was elected to the U.S. Senate on November 6, 2012, winning a hard fought race against former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. She is Wisconsin’s first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate and is the first openly gay member elected to the Senate.

      Born in Wisconsin and raised by her grandparents, Tammy graduated from Madison West High School and went on to double-major in political science and mathematics at Smith College. In 1989, she earned her law degree from University of Wisconsin. In 1986, while in law school, she served on the Madison Common Council, filling an aldermanic vacancy. Tammy was also elected to the first of four terms (1986-1994) on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. In 1992, Tammy was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly as a State Representative for the 78th District, serving three terms.

      In 1998, Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District shattered the state’s glass ceiling and elected Tammy Baldwin as the state’s first female member of Congress and the nation’s first openly gay challenger sent to Congress. She served seven terms in the House of Representatives, serving on Budget Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Energy and Commerce Committee.

      Shortly after Tammy was first elected to Congress, she voted against letting Wall Street and the big banks write their own rules — one of only a handful of members of Congress who voted no on repealing the Glass-Steagall Act. A champion of middle class economic security, Tammy helped craft the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and led the effort to include the provision that now allows young people to remain on their parents’ insurance plans up to age 26. She was the lead sponsor of the Buffett Rule to ensure tax fairness and fought for student loan reforms to make higher education for accessible and affordable. She has strong record of fighting against unfair trade deals and has worked across party lines with Republicans to impose strong tariffs on China to protect Wisconsin’s paper manufacturing jobs.  And Tammy has a strong record of working hard for Wisconsin’s veterans — making sure their service and sacrifice is honored by ensuring adequate funding for veterans’ health, education, and job-training programs.

      Throughout Tammy’s career in public service she has always fought for fairness, equality and opportunity because she believes that with each passing year and each generation, our country must become more equal – not less. In Congress she has been a strong advocate on the issue of bullying and suicide among LGBT youth, and helped lead efforts on hate crimes legislation, marriage equality, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” and the Employee Non Discrimination Act.

      In the 113th Congress, Baldwin serves on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), the Senate Budget Committee, the U.S. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. She also serves on the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.

      In the U.S. Senate, a top priority of Tammy’s is working to build a “Made in Wisconsin” economy by investing in research and science; innovation and technology; and education and job readiness for advanced manufacturing. Tammy is committed to working across party lines to strengthen the essential pillars of economic security for the middle class- affordable higher education, quality health care, a strong manufacturing economy, and retirement security for today's seniors and future generations.

  • Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-3-UT)
    • Selected by House leadership to chair the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations, Jason Chaffetz (pronounced “Chay-Fits”) enters his second term in Congress with energy, enthusiasm, and a determination to continue reforming Washington, D.C. Believing in the core conservative principles of a strong national defense, fiscal discipline, limited government, and accountability, Mr. Chaffetz distinguished himself as a budget hawk by co-founding the Sunset Caucus, identifying budget cutting measures, running a lean office that returned more than $600,000 of his office budget in his first term, and sleeping on a cot in the closet of his office.  He was asked by House Speaker John Boehner to chair the House Technology Operations Team, was featured regularly on CNN’s freshman year, and consistently appears in local and national media outlets to communicate the conservative message.

      On November 4, 2008, Mr. Chaffetz was elected by a 37-point margin to represent Utah’s Third Congressional District. To secure the Republican nomination, Mr. Chaffetz unseated a 12-year incumbent by a 20-point margin, and did so with no paid campaign staff, no polling, no free meals for potential voters, no campaign office, and a refusal to go into debt to finance the campaign.  Despite being outspent by over $600,000, Mr. Chaffetz’ approach to conservative principles resonated with voters and resulted in an unprecedented victory.

      Mr. Chaffetz comes to Congress with a 16-year history in the local business community, executive branch experience in Utah State government, a reputation for running strong political campaigns, and a distinguished college football career. Mr. Chaffetz, who grew up in California, Arizona, and Colorado, was invited to Utah in the mid-1980s by the legendary Brigham Young University football coach LaVell Edwards to be a placekicker.  His years at BYU literally transformed his life. After a successful football career that included two years as the starting placekicker and two school records, Mr. Chaffetz earned a degree in communications and married Julie Johnson of Mesa, Arizona.  In February, Mr. and Mrs. Chaffetz celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.

      In 1995, Mr. Chaffetz’s mother passed away after a long fight with cancer.  Consequently, he was deeply touched by the overwhelming generosity of the Utah-based Huntsman family in fighting the disease that killed his mother.  Their commitment was more than words as they personally donated hundreds of millions of dollars to research and treat cancer. Upon reading an article about Jon Huntsman, Jr. potentially running for Governor of Utah, Mr. Chaffetz sought to meet the man who had given so much to fight cancer.  Through a mutual friend, a meeting was set up and Mr. Chaffetz eventually joined the Huntsman for Governor staff.  Shortly thereafter, Mr. Chaffetz was named Campaign Manager.  In a crowded field of contenders, Huntsman triumphed by running a well-organized, positive campaign and became Utah’s 16th Governor.  The Governor invited Mr. Chaffetz to continue working with him as his Chief of Staff.

      Mr. Chaffetz used his time in the Governor’s Office to learn about the federal delegation and the issues that matter to the State of Utah.  As Utah’s representative in Congress, he is committed to represent Utah to Washington, not Washington to Utah.  Mr. Chaffetz made a commitment to voters in 2008 that he would seek to return this country to the core conservative principles of fiscal discipline, limited government, accountability and a strong national defense.  As he concludes his second term, he has a distinguished record of promoting legislation to restore those values.

  • James H. Davidson
    Polsinelli Law Firm
    • James Davidson counsels companies and business associations on how they can achieve their goals regarding legislation before Congress or regulations before federal agencies.

      For more than two decades, Jim has effectively represented Fortune 500 companies and leading industry groups on issues involving taxation, agency regulations, government information policy, media regulation, privacy, regulation of advertising, health care, appropriations, and budget policy. Jim is also one of the nation's leading authorities on media and advertising law. In 2011, a coalition he directed prevented adoption by federal agencies of a new standard that would have barred advertising of most food products, including most cereals, whole wheat bread, and low-fat yogurt. Another coalition persuaded Congress not to tax certain types of advertising to help pay for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In April 2012, Reuters described Jim as “one of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington” and “the point man for the advertising industry in free speech issues.”

      During his service on U.S. Senate staffs, he served as the chief counsel and staff director of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedure, chief counsel of the Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations, and special assistant to Missouri Senator Stuart Symington. He was the principal Senate staff author of the federal Privacy Act, and of a major amendment to the Freedom of Information Act. While serving on Senate staff, Jim was recognized in the book, Unelected Representatives: Congressional Staff and the Future of Representative Government.

      Following a decade of service on Capitol Hill, Jim formed Davidson & Company, a government relations firm that later merged with Polsinelli, one of the nation's top 100 law firms. Jim has served as an adjunct professor of law at the Washington College of Law at American University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, The Missouri Bar, the American Bar Association, and writes the “Eye on Washington” column on prescription drug advertising for DTC Perspectives magazine.

  • Curtis Dubay
    The Heritage Foundation
    • Curtis Dubay is a Senior Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation, where he specializes in tax issues. Before coming to Heritage in November 2008, Dubay was a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Atlanta, where he structured international transactions as part of the accounting firm's Transfer Pricing Group.

      Dubay previously served as a Senior Economist for the Tax Foundation, where he authored three widely recognized and cited reports: "Tax Freedom Day," "State-Local Tax Burdens" and "The State Business Tax Climate Index." (Tax Freedom Day refers to the date on which Americans at last have earned enough income to pay the nation's total income tax bill for the year.)
      Dubay has done research on the details of a wide range of taxes, among them income, sales, capital gains, dividends, corporate, excise and international. He has testified to state legislatures about how to improve their tax climates. Such newspapers and periodicals as The Wall Street Journal and Forbes have quoted his views.

      Dubay received his master's degree in economics from the University of Connecticut in 2004. He also has a bachelor's degree in economics and leadership studies from the University of Richmond. He lives in Washington, D.C.

  • Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL)
    • Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Duckworth attended college at the University of Hawaii and then went on to the George Washington University, where she earned a Masters of Arts in International Affairs. Following graduation, Duckworth, who is fluent in Thai and Indonesian, moved to Illinois, where she began pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at Northern Illinois University. While at NIU she also worked at the School of Nursing researching public health and environmental causes of cancer. Later Ms Duckworth worked for Rotary International as a manager for administration of Rotary's clubs in the Asia Pacific Region.

      In 2004, Duckworth was deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard. She was one of the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom until her helicopter was hit by an RPG on November 12, 2004. Duckworth lost her legs and partial use of her right arm in the explosion and was awarded a Purple Heart for her combat injuries. Duckworth spent the next year recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As one of the highest-ranking patients, she quickly became an advocate for her fellow Soldiers and testified before Congress about caring for our Veterans and wounded warriors.

      Following her recovery, Duckworth ran for Congress in 2006. After a narrow loss, she became Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. In Illinois, she worked to create a tax credit for employers who hired Veterans, established a first-in-the-nation 24/7 crisis hotline for Veterans, and developed innovative programs to improve Veterans’ access to housing and health care. In 2009, President Obama appointed Duckworth to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. At VA, Duckworth led an initiative to end homelessness among Veterans. She created the Office of Online Communications to improve the VA’s accessibility, especially among young Veterans, and also worked to address the unique challenges that Native American and female Veterans face.

      Duckworth ran for Congress in 2012 to advocate for the practical solutions and cooperation needed to rebuild our economy and ensure that every American has a chance to achieve the American Dream.

      Duckworth lives in Hoffman Estates with her husband Bryan, an Army Major. Since her recovery, Duckworth has taken up scuba diving, surfing, skydiving and flies as a civilian pilot. Fulfilling a promise she made at Walter Reed, she has also completed several marathons. She has resumed her Ph.D. studies at Northern Illinois University and is also working toward a Ph.D. in Health and Human Services at Capella University. In her spare time, she volunteers at local food pantries and enjoys couponing and flea markets. Duckworth declined a military medical retirement and continues to drill as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.

  • Jennifer E. Duffy
    Senior Editor, Cook Political
    • Jennifer Duffy is a Senior Editor for The Cook Political Report, where she is responsible for U.S. Senate and Governors races. Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report provides analyses of Presidential, U.S. Senate, House and gubernatorial races. The New York Times has called The Cook Political Report, "a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative."

      Jennifer has 26 years of experience in campaign politics, the last 23 of which have focused on non-partisan political analysis. In 1985, she served as Press Secretary for the National Republican Senatorial Committee; she joined The Cook Political Report in 1988 as its first Assistant Editor. While continuing to work as the Report's contributing editor, Jennifer also was a senior account executive with Hill and Knowlton Public Affairs Worldwide and an associate with the lobbying firm of Cassidy & Associates.

      In 1995, Jennifer rejoined Cook & Company full-time. She has served as an off-air analyst for NBC News on Election Nights from 1996 through 2012. Jennifer has been quoted in numerous publications and has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, and C-SPAN's "Washington Journal." In June of 2011, named her one of the 13 savviest political analysts in the country. She is a frequent public speaker on elections and national political trends.

      A native of Rhode Island, Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Government from Georgetown University in 1985. In May of 2012, Rhode Island College awarded her an honorary Doctorate in Social Science.

  • Angela Ellard
    Staff Director, House Subcommittee on Trade
    • Angela Ellard is the Ways & Means Committee Chief Trade Counsel and Trade Subcommittee Staff Director of the U.S. House of Representatives. She advises and represents Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Subcommittee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) on a variety of trade matters, including negotiation and implementation of all U.S. bilateral and regional free trade agreements since 1995, the operation of U.S. trade and customs laws, trade promotion authority, antidumping and countervailing duty issues, bilateral relationships with U.S. trading partners, preference programs for developing countries, and World Trade Organization negotiations, dispute settlement, and accessions.

      Before joining the Committee staff in 1995, Ms. Ellard was in private practice, specializing in international trade litigation and policy, including antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings and appeals on behalf of petitioners and respondents, other trade remedy proceedings, and bilateral and multilateral agreements.

      Ms. Ellard received her J.D. from Tulane Law School, cum laude, and she was an associate editor of the Tulane Law Review. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Newcomb College of Tulane University, summa cum laude.

      Ms. Ellard frequently speaks on trade litigation and policy and lectures at universities. She has been awarded the 2013 Award for Outstanding Performance by an International Lawyer in a Government or International Organization by the American Bar Association International Law Section. She has also received the 2011 Lighthouse Award from Washington International Trade Association and Washington International Trade Foundation, the 2009 Women of the Year by the Organization of Women in International Trade, and the 2005 Woman of the Year by the Trade Policy Forum.

  • Patrick Henderson
    Director of Government Affairs, Quad/Graphics
    • Patrick Henderson, is the Director of Government Affairs for Quad/Graphics, Inc. Headquartered in Sussex, Wisconsin. Quad/Graphics is the 2nd largest commercial printing plant in the western hemisphere employing over 25,000 people across the country with 70 facilities in 28 states and 9 countries. Since joining Quad/Graphics Mr. Henderson has focused on the public policy goals of the company throughout the United States such as U.S. Postal Service, environmental compliance, tax policy, patent reforms and state tax audits. Additionally, Pat has worked to obtain government tax incentives related to job retention, job creation, worker training and capital investment. Those incentives came in the form of direct tax credits, PILOT programs and abatement agreements.  Before coming to work for Quad/Graphics, Mr. Henderson was the Legislative Director for Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle as well as Deputy Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and policy director for two Wisconsin State Senators.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in political science.

  • Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) 
    • In 2006, Amy Klobuchar became the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate. Throughout her public service, Amy has always embraced the values she learned growing up in Minnesota. Her grandfather worked 1500 feet underground in the iron ore mines of Northern Minnesota. Her father, Jim, was a newspaperman, and her mother, Rose, was an elementary school teacher who continued teaching until she was 70. Amy has built a reputation of putting partisanship aside to help strengthen the economy and support families, workers and businesses.

      Amy has always understood that her first duty is to represent the people of Minnesota. She acted quickly to obtain full funding to rebuild the I-35W bridge just thirteen months after it tragically collapsed into the Mississippi River. She worked across party lines to expand education and job opportunities for returning service members, fought to ensure that Minnesota National Guard members received the full benefits they earned, and helped turn Minnesota's ground-breaking "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" program into a national model. As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Amy worked closely with Minnesota farmers to pass a strong Farm Bill is 2008, and was recently named to the important Farm Bill conference committee that is responsible for reaching an agreement between the Senate and the House on a long-term Farm Bill.

      Since arriving in the Senate, Amy has worked with Democrats and Republicans on legislation focused on moving the country forward. She fought to pass the most significant consumer product safety legislation in a generation, keeping foreign toxic products off our shores and out of our stores, and pushed the cell phone companies to enact more consumer-friendly policies. Amy has pushed for a bipartisan, balanced approach to reducing our nation’s debt and was part of a group of fourteen senators who fought to create the bipartisan debt commission. She helped pass the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate, has pushed to reform the Senate rules, and worked to beat the filibuster and led the fight to confirm the first director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in seven years.

      As Senate Chair of the Joint Economic Committee and a member of the President’s Export Council and the Senate Commerce Committee, Amy has been a leader in working to implement a competitive agenda to ensure businesses have the tools they need to grow and create good jobs in their communities. She has authored legislation to help small businesses tap into new markets abroad, passed a significant amendment aimed at boosting funds for STEM education for American students, and led successful national initiatives to boost American tourism, including a series of regulatory reforms adopted by the Administration.

      Amy also chairs the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer rights, where she has worked to advance policies that protect consumers from anti-competitive behavior and make sure businesses are able to compete on a level playing field. She has introduced legislation to crack down on “pay-for-delay” agreements, the practice of brand-name drug manufacturers using pay-off agreements to keep more affordable generic equivalents off the market.

      Before serving in the Senate, Amy headed the largest prosecutor’s office in Minnesota for eight years, making the prosecution of violent and career criminals her top priority. She led the effort for successful passage of Minnesota’s first felony DWI law, and received the leadership award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Her safe schools initiative, community prosecution efforts, and criminal justice reforms earned national awards from both the Bush and Clinton Justice Departments. As a private citizen and before being elected to public office, Amy was the leading advocate for successful passage of one of the first laws in the country guaranteeing 48-hour hospital stays for new moms and their babies.

      Her work has gained national recognition. The American Prospect named her a “woman to watch,” and Working Mother Magazine named her as "Best in Congress” for her efforts on behalf of working families. This year she received an award from the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) for her work to fight sexual assault in the military, and last year the Disabled American Veterans honored her work to improve the lives of America’s veterans. She has also received the “Outstanding Member of the Senate Award” from the National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition and the “Above and Beyond Award” from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for her commitment to developing a supportive work environment for employees serving in the Guard and Reserves.

      Amy was the valedictorian of her Wayzata High School class. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. Her senior essay in college, published as the book "Uncovering the Dome," chronicles the 10-year-history behind the building of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and is still used at colleges and universities across the country. Amy is married to John Bessler, a native of Mankato, who attended Loyola High School and the University of Minnesota. Amy and John have a daughter, Abigail, who is 18 and is starting her freshman year in college.

  • Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
    Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee
    • Patrick Leahy was elected to the United States Senate in 1974 and remains the only Democrat elected to this office from Vermont.  At 34, he was the youngest U.S. Senator ever to be elected from the Green Mountain State. Leahy was born in Montpelier and grew up across from the Statehouse.  A graduate of Saint Michael's College in Colchester (1961), he received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center (1964).  He served for eight years as State's Attorney in Chittenden County where he gained a national reputation for his law enforcement activities and was selected as one of three outstanding prosecutors in the United States in 1974.

      Leahy is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is the senior-most member of the Appropriations Committee and of the Agriculture Committee. Leahy is the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State Department, Foreign Operations and Related Programs. He ranks first in seniority in the Senate and is the President Pro Tempore.

      Active on human rights issues, Leahy is the leading U.S. officeholder in the international campaign against the production, export and use of anti-personnel landmines.  In 1992, Leahy wrote the first law by any government to ban the export of these weapons.  He led efforts in Congress to aid mine victims by creating a special fund in the foreign aid budget, and the Leahy War Victims Fund now provides up to $14 million of relief to these victims each year.  He was instrumental in establishing programs to support humanitarian demining and played a key role in pushing for an international treaty banning anti-personnel mines.  He also wrote and enacted civilian war victims relief programs in Afghanistan and Iraq.

      In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, Leahy headed the Senate's negotiations on the 2001 anti-terrorism bill, the USA PATRIOT Act.  He added checks and balances to the bill to protect civil liberties, provisions to triple staffing along the U.S.-Canada border, to authorize domestic preparedness grants to states, and to facilitate the hiring of new FBI translators.

      Leahy's Judiciary Committee investigation into the mass firings of U.S. Attorneys and of White House attempts to exert political influence over the Justice Department led to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the Department's entire top rank of political appointees in 2008.

      Leahy is the chief sponsor of the Innocence Protection Act, which addresses flaws in the administration of capital punishment.  Parts of Leahy's death penalty reform package, which were enacted in 2004, help reduce the risks that innocent people are executed by providing for post-conviction DNA testing and better access to competent legal counsel. 

      A leader on Internet and technology issues, Leahy was the second senator to post a homepage.  His website consistently has been named one of the Senate's best, and a leading Internet magazine called Leahy the most "Net-friendly" member of Congress.  He has been the Senate's leading champion of open government and of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and in 1996 was installed in the FOIA Hall of Fame in recognition of his efforts.  He is one of only two politicians ever awarded the John Peter Zenger Press Freedom Award.  An avid and accomplished photographer, Leahy’s photography has been published in USA TODAY, The New York Times, Time Magazine and Roll Call.

      Leahy has crusaded for the protection of privacy rights, copyright protections and freedom of speech on the Internet.  He was a co-founder and remains a co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus.  Leahy has taken the lead on several privacy issues, including drafting legislation to address data and email privacy and security and leading the effort to enact privacy safeguards for electronic health records.

      Always ranked among the top environmental legislators by the nation's foremost conservation organizations, Leahy successfully opposed attempts to allow oil and gas exploration in wildlife refuges in the United States, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and the Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge in Vermont.  Leahy helped secure more than $70 million in federal funds to clean up Lake Champlain and spearheaded congressional efforts to tackle the dangers of mercury pollution.  He worked to add more than 125,000 acres to the Green Mountain National Forest, an accomplishment matched by few lawmakers of any era. 

      Leahy led bipartisan efforts to streamline the Department of Agriculture, and the 1994 Leahy-Lugar bill reorganized the U.S. Department of Agriculture by closing 1100 offices and saving more than $2 billion.  Leahy led the successful effort to extend the Conservation Reserve Program, which assists farmers in meeting environmental objectives without reducing income.  Leahy's Farms for the Future program -- now the Farmland Protection Program, which was created in the 1990 Farm Bill -- helped preserve more than 350 Vermont farms.  He played a crucial role in enactment and implementation of the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact and also worked with others in the Vermont Congressional Delegation in establishing the Milk Income Loss Compensation (MILC) program, modeled on the Compact.  Leahy also is the father of the national organic standards and labeling program, which took effect in October 2002.

      Leahy co-chairs the Senate National Guard Caucus and led in ensuring that members of the National Guard in Vermont and across the nation receive the necessary resources to fulfill their heightened missions after 9/11.  In 2003 the National Guard Association presented Leahy with its highest individual honor, the Harry S. Truman Award, for his "sustained contributions of exceptional and far-reaching magnitude to the defense and security of the United States in a manner worthy of recognition at the national level."

      Patrick Leahy has been married to Marcelle Pomerleau Leahy since 1962.  They have a daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren.  The Leahys live on a tree farm in Middlesex, Vermont.

  • Ashley Lyons
    Vice President, Federal Relations, Pitney Bowes
    • Ashley Lyons is the primary Pitney Bowes representative for legislative matters in Washington, DC. Ashley has served in this role since 2009 primarily focusing on postal and financial legislation along with Pitney Bowes’ public policy strategy in general.  Before, joining Pitney Bowes, he worked for the Postal Service for 35 years, spending the last 16 years as an executive. As an executive in finance and marketing, Ashley’s duties included developing the pricing proposals for virtually all of the Postal Service’s products, long-term financial forecasting, and regulatory reporting along with providing technical support on most of the major legislation facing the Postal Service. Before, serving as an executive at the Postal Service, Ashley also worked in postal operations which included a stint in a field facility.

      Ashley Lyons has a B.S. degree from the University of Alabama and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. Ashley, his wife and son live in Alexandria, Virginia

  • Lisbeth Lyons
    Printing Industires of America Vice President Government Affairs
    • Lisbeth Lyons is the Vice President, Government Affairs, having joined Printing Industries in March 2005 as Director of Legislative Affairs. In this position, she is responsible for providing direct advocacy before Congress and the Administration on key industry legislative initiatives, as well as for the strategic direction of the organization’s grassroots and external outreach activities. She serves as Treasurer of PrintPAC, the only industry political action committee dedicated solely to electing pro-print lawmakers.

      Previously, Lisbeth was Director, Government Affairs at the United States Telecom Association (USTA), representing telecommunications companies ranging from the nation’s largest Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) to small, rural telephone companies. Lisbeth also served as Director of Grassroots & Legislative Services at the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s largest small business advocacy organization.

      Lisbeth is a candidate for an M.A. in Political Management at The George Washington University and holds a B.A. from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Prior to working in Washington, D.C., Lisbeth was a teacher with Chicago Public Schools.

  • Thomas O. Mahr
    Policy Director to House Democratic Whip, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-5-MD)
    • Tom Mahr serves as Policy Director for House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, a position he has held since July, 2012. Tom has spent more than twenty years on Capitol Hill, with experience working on both committee staff and personal office staff. As Policy Director, he provides strategic and policy advice to Mr. Hoyer on the full range of issues facing Democrats in the House of Representatives. In the Whip’s Office, Tom also has lead responsibility for international trade issues, as well as agriculture policy.

      Prior to joining Mr. Hoyer’s staff, Tom worked for Senator Kent Conrad, the former Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, including more than 13 years as legislative director. During his time in the Senate, Tom focused on trade, budget, health, agriculture and energy issues.

      Tom received his B.A. from Cornell University and earned a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

  • Michael Makin
    President & Chief Executive Officer, Printing Industries of America
    • Michael Makin was appointed President and CEO of Printing Industries of America on August 1, 2002. Born and raised in Montréal, Canada, Mr. Makin attended Carleton University in Ottawa where he graduated with honors with a degree in Journalism in 1986. He also holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

      After a brief stint as a reporter and public affairs officer with the Canadian government, he began his career in association management 20 years ago. Prior to joining Printing Industries of America, Mr. Makin was President of the Canadian Printing Industries Association and for almost 10 years and served as an executive with the Canadian Construction Association.

      He serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Graphic Arts Show Company as well as Secretary to the Graphic Arts Educational Research Foundation. He is also President of the Printing and Graphics Scholarship Trust Fund (PGSF), an organization which provides $400,000 in scholarships each year to students entering the graphic arts industry.

      In 2005, Mr. Makin was honored with the Earl Sundeen Award for contributions to education by the International Graphics Arts Education Association (IGAEA). In 2006 he was named a member of the Ben Franklin Honor Society. Mr. Makin is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives and the Society for Human Resource Management. He is a former National President of the Carleton University Alumni Association and a past Governor and Senator of the University. He currently serves as the Chairman of the World Print and Communications Forum, based in Brussels.

  • Congressman Michael Michaud (ME)
    • Michael H. Michaud was sworn in as a United States Congressman in January 2003 to represent the Second Congressional District of Maine in Congress. He is the first recognized Franco-American from Maine to be elected to federal office. Mike is the second of six children. He was raised in Medway and attended Schenck High School in East Millinocket. After graduation, Mike followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, gaining employment at the Great Northern Paper Company. He is a 29 year employee of GNP and is a member of USW Local #4-00037 (formerly PACE Local #1-40037).

      Citing a desire to help clean up the badly polluted Penobscot River near his home, Mike first ran for and was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1980, where he went on to serve seven consecutive terms. In 1994, he defeated a millionaire incumbent in his first bid for the Maine Senate, despite huge Republican victories across the country.

      During his first term in the Maine Senate, Mike was appointed to Governor King's Productivity Realization Task Force. In 1996 Mike was appointed Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. In 2000, as Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Mike fought to ensure there were funds in the budget for the legal defense of the Maine Rx program, which he cosponsored. In December 2000, Mike was unanimously elected Maine Senate President. Writing on his time in the Maine Legislature, the Portland Press Herald described Mike "as being the first legislator to come to work in the morning and the last to leave at night."

      In 2001, Mike was honored with the dedication of the Michael H. Michaud Technology Center in recognition of his critical leadership in securing state funding for the University of Maine at Presque Isle Houlton Higher Education Center. He also received the College Board's Education Award at the National Council of State Legislatures Annual Meeting in Texas for his lifelong commitment to higher education.

      In the U.S. House of Representatives, Mike serves on the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, where he is the Ranking Member, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

      Mike has made economic development a top priority.  In 2008, his legislation creating the Northern Border Regional Commission became law. The commission is authorized to invest $30 million per year in federal resources for economic development and job creation in the most economically distressed areas of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. In Congress, the first bill Mike introduced was a national version of the innovative Maine Rx law, called America Rx, which would allow the federal government to negotiate affordable prescriptions for all Americans without coverage. Leaders in Congress recognized that this approach made commonsense. On January 12th, 2007, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act, which directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate with drug companies for lower drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries.

      Through his leadership on the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Mike is working to ensure that our veterans receive fair and equal treatment as well as the benefits that they deserve. As the Chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health, he helped pass the largest ever funding increase for the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Mike has also successfully passed provisions into law which led to increased access to health care services for rural Maine veterans.

      Mike attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University. He has also been awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Unity College, Husson College, and Maine Maritime Academy. Mike currently resides in East Millinocket, where he is remodeling his late grandmother's home.

  • Ralph Nappi
    President, NPES & GASC
    • Ralph J. Nappi, CAE was named President of NPES and GASC in January, 2006. He brings 30 years of experience in association management, distribution and manufacturing to these roles. Prior to joining NPES and GASC, Nappi worked for 19 years at the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA) serving as its President from 1993 to 2005. AMTDA represents manufacturers, distributors and importers of machine tools and manufacturing technology. Nappi also serves as the General Secretary to Global Print which is an international federation of printing equipment associations from the world’s ten largest manufacturing countries. In October of 2008 Nappi was inducted into NAPL’s prestigious Walter E. Soderstrom Society which recognizes leaders in the graphics industry.

  • Congressman Devin Nunes (R-22-CA)
    Chairman, House Subcommittee on Trade
    • Devin Nunes (born October 1, 1973) has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003. He currently represents California's 22nd congressional district which is located in the San Joaquin Valley and includes portions of Tulare and Fresno Counties. He and his wife have three daughters.

      Nunes is the author of the book Restoring the Republic which was published in September 2010. Time magazine named him one of the rising stars of American politics, in their list of "40 under 40"; that is, the top forty civic leaders under 40 years of age. Nunes is a member of two of the most powerful committees in the House of Representatives, Ways and Means and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  At the beginning of the 113th Congress, he was selected to serve as Chairman of the Trade Subcommittee of Ways and Means. 

      Nunes was born in Tulare, California. His family has operated a farm in Tulare County for three generations. The Nunes family is of Portuguese descent, immigrating from the Azores to California. Nunes graduated from Tulare Union High School. He is the second Member of Congress to attend Tulare Union, following Olympic gold medalist Bob Mathias three-decades later, who served in House of Representatives from 1967-1975. After associate's work at College of the Sequoias, Nunes graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and a master’s degree in agriculture.

      Nunes was first elected to public office as one of California’s youngest community college trustees in state history at the age of 23. As a member of the College of the Sequoias Board from 1996-2002, he was an advocate for distance learning as well as the expansion of programs available to high school students. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as California State Director for the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development section. He left this post to run for the 21st congressional district and now serves in the 22nd district as a result of redistricting in 2010.

      During the 108th Congress, Nunes' first term in the House of Representatives, he served on the House Resources Committee, where he was chairman of its National Parks Subcommittee. He was also a member of the Agriculture and Veterans Affairs committees. In the 109th Congress, Nunes was named to the House Ways and Means Committee. He has served on the committee since then, where he is 6th in seniority, and a member of the Subcommittees on Trade and Health. He was also a member of the House Budget Committee during the 111th Congress. At the beginning of the 112th Congress, Nunes was named to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

  • Mark Nuzzaco
    NPES Director of Government Affairs
    • Mark J. Nuzzaco joined NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing, and Converting Technologies, in 1985. He works with the Government Affairs Committee in monitoring and analyzing regulations and legislation affecting NPES members and the graphic communication industry. He has served as NPES corporate secretary since 1989.

      He has testified before congressional committees, and has been an active participant in national coalitions working for positive reform. Additionally, he has worked in the environmental arena on empirical research projects, and has contributed to EPA efforts, including the Common Sense Initiative and Design for the Environment.

      Before joining NPES, Mr. Nuzzaco worked for AMT The Association for Manufacturing Technology as Staff Attorney and Administrative Director. Mr. Nuzzaco holds a B.A. in Political Science and a law degree from Brigham Young University, where he was a teaching assistant and member of the J. Reuben Clark Law School Legal Studies board of editors. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar, and maintains other professional affiliations including membership in the United States Supreme Court Bar and the American Bar Association. Mr. Nuzzaco has served as an elected official in Loudoun County Virginia where he and his family reside.

  • Congressman Reid Ribble (WI)
    • Representative Reid Ribble is a third generation and lifelong Wisconsin resident. Born in Neenah and graduating from Appleton East High School, Reid followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the family’s small roofing business; he worked his way up to president in 1981. Reid ran the company for more than three decades and turned it into one of the most successful roofing companies in the United States.

      He has served two terms as a Director of WEMI radio in Appleton, two terms as a Director of Life Promotions and one term as Chairman of the Board of Life Promotions. Reid has also served on the corporate board of directors for the YMCA of the Fox Valley. For more than 20 years Reid was the head Varsity Volleyball coach at Appleton East High School and in 2007 was honored as the outstanding alumnus of the year.

      Representative Ribble serves on the Budget Committee, the Agriculture Committee, and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. These three legislative assignments remain crucial to Wisconsin’s future. Congressman Ribble is working to make government more accountable and effective from his position on the Budget Committee. Through his service on the Agriculture Committee Reid is working to help Wisconsin’s crucial dairy, farming, and timber industries. Congressman Ribble’s work on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee allows him to help strengthen our vital northeast Wisconsin transportation resources in addition to continuing the development and maintenance of our roadways.

      Reid has fought to bring common sense back to government through his legislative work. He authored the Cut, Cap and Balance Act and introduced constitutional amendments requiring a balanced budget and mandating term limits for Congress.

      Reid has been happily married to his wife DeaNa for 38 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.

  • Alec Rodgers
    Manager, Government Policy, Xerox
    • Alec Rogers is Manager, Government Policy at Xerox. His areas of responsibility include intellectual property, tax, government procurement, and environmental matters. Prior to joining Xerox, Rogers was Senior Counsel to the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security. He holds a B.A. from Michigan State University, and a J.D. from Michigan Law School.

  • Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-5-WA)
    • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is Eastern Washington’s chief advocate in Congress and one of the rising stars in American politics. Since first being elected to the House in 2004, she has earned the trust of her constituents and praise on Capitol Hill for her hard work, conservative principles, bipartisan outreach, and leadership. She is currently serving as the Chair of the House Republican Conference, a position making her the fourth highest-ranking Republican, and the highest ranking female Republican in the House of Representatives.  As someone who grew up on a family farm, worked at a small business, and later became a wife and mom, Cathy McMorris Rodgers has lived the American Dream, and she sees her chief goal in Congress as rebuilding that Dream for our children and grandchildren. Cathy is the descendant of pioneers who settled in Walla Walla in 1853. Growing up, Cathy worked on the family orchard side-by-side with her parents and younger brother. She worked in the family owned and operated business, the Peachcrest Fruit Basket Orchard and Fruit Stand, in Kettle Falls, Washington for 13 years. Cathy was the first person in her family to attend and graduate from college. She worked her way through Pensacola Christian College in Florida (Class of 1990) and later earned her Executive MBA from the University of Washington (Class of 2002).

      Cathy was first elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 1994, representing the 7th Legislative District. She was re-elected four times. From 2002-2003, she served as House Minority Leader, the top leadership post for House Republicans. She was the first woman to lead a House Caucus of either party, and the youngest since World War II. When the legislature was not in session, Cathy kept working at her family’s orchard.  In 2004, Cathy was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. During her first term, she served as the Freshman Class representative on the Steering Committee, a group of Members that decide committee assignments, and on the Republican Whip Team. Cathy was also selected to serve as the Chairwoman of the National Task Force on Improving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). She oversaw NEPA hearings across the country, reviewing the current implementation of the Act. She also worked – and continues to work - to protect and expand Fairchild Air Force Base. She was part of the successful team that kept Fairchild off the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list.

      During her second term, Cathy continued her commitment to working across party lines. She joined with Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) to introduce health information technology (IT) legislation and led a statewide health IT task force to position Washington State for future health care IT advancements. She also served as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Women's Caucus with Representative Lois Capps (D-CA). In November 2008, Cathy was elected by her peers as Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference. In that role, she spearheaded several important projects – expanding and improving the Conference’s use of digital media, leading the Conference’s outreach to women, increasing government transparency, and fighting against government waste.

      During her third term (2009-2010), Cathy became a strong voice against the President’s spend, borrow, and bailout policies. She voted against the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, the $787 billion economic “stimulus” bill, and the $2.3 trillion health care bill. In November 2010, she was re-elected by her peers as Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference. She was also appointed to the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee – where almost half of all legislation pertaining to the economy must pass.

      During her fourth term from 2011-2012, as part of the new Republican majority in the House, Cathy championed pro-growth economic policies to create jobs.  She supported less taxation, less regulation, less government spending, repealing the government takeover of health care, and a complete stop to government bailouts. She authored H.R. 2313, which would have stopped US tax dollars from being used in the $1.3 trillion European bailout fund. As a member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, she is encouraged the use of American resources, including hydropower, to help us become energy independent. Cathy continued to be a strong advocate for Eastern Washington's service members, veterans, and their families. 
      In November 2012, Cathy was elected to serve as Chairman of the Conference, the fourth highest-ranking position among House Republicans which made the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress.  Since then, she has worked to take the Republican message to every corner of America while keeping her focus on the priorities of Eastern Washington. In fact, of the 72 bills signed into law in 2013, Cathy had two–the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act (which unanimously passed in both the House and Senate) and the National Pediatric Research Network Act of 2013.  Both bills strengthen opportunities for families in Washington’s Fifth District.

      As co-chair of the Congressional Rural Health Care Coalition, Cathy has seen first-hand that rural areas, including Eastern Washington, have limited access to primary health care professionals and specialists. To address these problems, Cathy has introduced H.R. 487, the Primary Care Workforce Access Improvement Act which would provide more opportunities for resident physicians to train in rural areas.  By training in rural areas, these student doctors are more likely to stay and practice in rural areas, thus increasing the number of primary care providers. Cathy has also introduced H.R. 920 the National Health Service Corps Improvement Act which would incentivize optometrists to practice in rural areas.

      Cathy sees that the lessons learned in Eastern Washington can improve patient access to specialists, including mental health specialists, throughout rural America.  That is why she has cosponsored legislation which will increase the use of telehealth, leveraging the health care providers who are currently practicing while working to increase the workforce.  For Eastern Washington, as well as 62 million Americans, Cathy is the champion on access to affordable health care in rural America.

      Cathy is the Co-Chair of five Congressional caucuses: Down Syndrome, Military Family, Lumber, Neuroscience, and the Rural Health Coalition.
      Cathy’s congressional staff also works one-on-one with constituents who need assistance navigating the maze of federal agencies. This Congress, Cathy and her staff  have helped more than 500 residents of the Fifth District with casework that resulted in the federal government returning over $1.6 million dollars to the people of Eastern Washington.

      In her personal time, Cathy enjoys playing the piano, swimming, and reading American history. In 2006, Cathy married Brian Rodgers, a Spokane native and retired 26-year Navy Commander. In 2007, she gave birth to Cole McMorris Rodgers. Since Cole was born with Trisomy 21, Cathy has become a leader in the disabilities community. Since Cole’s birth, Cathy has welcomed two daughters into the world – Grace Blossom (December 2010) and Brynn Catherine (November 2013).  She is the only Member of Congress in history to give birth three times while in office.

  • Ron Rose
    President, Nova Press Room Products and NPES Government Affairs Chairman
    • Ronald J. Rose is President of Nova Pressroom Products LLC. He was named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s North Florida District (representing 8 states) Small Business Exporter of 2012.

      Before starting Nova Pressroom Products in 2006, Mr. Rose had completed a 30-year career within various divisions of FujiFilm, most recently as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Fuji Hunt/Anchor. He has an extensive background in channel management, international marketing and business development.

      Now based in Jacksonville, FL, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for NPES and  the Board of Directors of the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation.  He is also active in local mental health care charities.

  • Art Sackler
    Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service
    • Mr. Sackler is an attorney with the firm of Ford & Huff, LC.  He has spent thirty years focusing on postal affairs, among other matters.  Today, he is Executive Director of the National Postal Policy Council, an organization of large business users of First Class mail, and Coordinator of the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service.

      He was formerly the principal of Sackler Policy Services, LLC, from which he was Executive Director of the Interactive Travel Services Association, the association for online travel, Executive Director of Open Allies for Airfare Transparency, a coalition promoting one-stop shopping for airfares and fees, Senior Consultant to the International Intellectual Property Institute, a nonprofit organization assisting developing countries in protecting intellectual property (IP), General Counsel to the Digital Honesty Campaign, an educational effort about the ethics of accessing and using copyrighted works online, and Senior Consultant on Governmental Affairs to the Kellen Company, a firm managing more than 100 trade associations.

      Prior to founding his own firm, he was Vice President, Law and Public Policy of Time Warner Inc. (TW),  spending an 18-plus-year tenure leading the company’s efforts on postal affairs, as well as a wide variety of other policy issues, including IP, trade, marketing and distribution, privacy and electronic commerce generally.

      He has regularly participated in rate and classification cases, legislative issues and regulatory, legal and operational matters, and negotiated contracts with foreign postal administrations.  While at TW, he helped found and was Executive Director of the Mailers Council, a postal coalition of FORTUNE 500 corporations and trade associations.  He is a member of the Postmaster General’s Mailers Technical Advisory Committee.

      He served on the U.S. Government’s Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Services, was a member of the Federal Trade Commission’s Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security, and a private sector member of the U.S. Delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization Diplomatic Conference which negotiated digital copyright treaties.  He also staffed TW’s then-CEO, Jerry Levin, on the Global Business Dialogue for e-Commerce, and TW’s then-COO Dick Parsons on the Internet Tax Commission.  He was a manager of IP issues in the Transatlantic Business Dialogue, and served on the Coordinating Committee of the Online Privacy Alliance, as well as the steering committees of two major online policy summits.

      Mr. Sackler has worked to enact legislation to reform the postal system in 2006, to provide financial relief in 2009 to a challenged Postal Service, as well as a substantial number of policy and regulatory matters at USPS and the Postal Regulatory Commission.  He is focusing today on legislation needed to restore financial stability to USPS.

      Before TW, he was General Counsel to the National Newspaper Association, where postal affairs were the chief policy issue.  Mr. Sackler began his career as an attorney with the U.S. Civil Service Commission. He has a BA and JD from Syracuse University, and an LL.M. from Georgetown.

  • Matthew Tanielian
    Franklin Square Group
  • Congressman Lee Terry (R-2-NE)
    Chairman, House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Manufacturing and Trade
    • A lifelong Nebraskan, Congressman Lee Terry has worked continually to empower the people of the Second District. He has been a leader for Nebraska by advocating American energy security, respect for life and a fiscally sound balanced budget. A strong proponent of limited government, Lee has been an outspoken and leading opponent against government intrusion of health care and the Internet.

      Lee currently serves on the influential Energy and Commerce Committee, which is the oldest standing legislative committee in the House. For the 113th Congress, Lee serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee of Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. This subcommittee casts a wide-net over issues that affect every American, every day. CMT’s jurisdiction covers interstate and foreign commerce issues; specifically, regulation of commercial practices and the Federal Trade Commission, including sports-related matters; data security; consumer affairs, protection and product safety; privacy matters; product liability; motor vehicle safety; and regulation of travel and tourism.

      In addition to his Chairmanship of Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee as a senior leader on the Committee, Lee is active on two other subcommittees. Seen as a knowledgeable leader in the telecommunications field, Lee serves on the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. As a member of Subcommittee on Energy and Power, he is an advocate for an "all-of-the-above" energy policy.

      As a proponent of empowering people at a local level, Lee authored the Local Community Radio Act, which became law in 2011. The law allows non-profit groups throughout the country, especially places in North Omaha, the opportunity to have a voice on FM radio. Lee has also been instrumental in promoting the “All of the Above” approach to energy. This approach not only works towards the elimination of our dependence on foreign oil from hostile regions but also creates jobs and a robust economy. He believes in extracting and utilizing the vast oil and natural gas resources found in North America, promoting innovative alternative energy sources, and supporting the construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada through Nebraska and down to the refineries in Texas.

      Lee was named a "heavyweight" in telecommunications and media policy by The Hill newspaper. Lee was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 1998. Prior to serving as a Representative, he served eight years on the Omaha City Council. He also was a managing partner in a local law firm. Lee received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and his Juris Doctorate from Creighton University Law School. Lee lives in Omaha with his wife Robyn and their three sons.

  • Brad Thompson
    President & Chief Executive Officer, Inland Press and Printing Industries of America Chairman Government Affairs
    • Bradley L. Thompson II, 60 is a native and current resident of Ann Arbor, MI. Thompson attended Eastern Michigan University, majoring in Business Management and Computer Science. Thompson is also an alumnus of the University of Michigan having completed the Executive Development Program at the Business School in 2002. In 1985 after working at Burroughs Corp. as a System Analyst for five years, Thompson went to work at the Detroit Legal News Co. working in its commercial printing division, Inland Press. In 1991 after working in a wide variety of positions, he was named publisher of the Detroit Legal News. In 1995, Thompson was named President and CEO of the corporation. Thompson was named Chairman of the company in 2004.

      Inland Press specializes in serving the print communication needs of municipal governments in the Southeastern Michigan region in addition to providing commercial printing to industry in the same area. Inland Press offers full service sheeetfed commercial printing, digital and variable data color printing and bindery. The Detroit Legal News Co. publishes ten newspapers in Michigan focusing on the legal, financial and real estate community.

      Thompson is a past chairman of Printing Industries of Michigan and currently serves as Second Vice Chair of the Printing Industries of America. He currently serves as chairperson of both the Government Affairs and Labor Policy Committees of PIA. He is a past president of the American Court and Commercial Newspaper Association and currently serves as President of the Public Notice Resource Center in Washington DC. Brad is a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Press Association. He also serves as Government Affairs Chair of the American Court and Commercial Newspaper Association. Thompson also serves as vice-chair of the Clements Library at the University of Michigan.

      Brad is married to Karen, a U-M graduate and they have three sons.

  • Jay Timmons
    CEO, National Association of Manufacturers
    • Jay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the United States representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector. He became NAM president in January 2011.

      Mr. Timmons is a leading advocate for the nearly 12 million men and women who make things in America, educating the public and policymakers on issues that affect this critical sector of the U.S. economy. He promotes a broad-based agenda to strengthen U.S. competitiveness and bring about a manufacturing renaissance. He is driven by the principles instilled in him by his roots in the manufacturing town of Chillicothe, Ohio, where his grandfather worked at a Mead plant for nearly four decades and where he witnessed manufacturing’s ability to raise the quality of life for families and communities. Mr. Timmons' knowledge and expertise is valued and respected by influential policymakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress and the Administration. He knows how to navigate the complexities of the policymaking process in the nation’s capital and brings with him an exceptional understanding of manufacturing issues.

      Prior to his appointment as NAM president, Mr. Timmons was executive vice president beginning in 2008. In 2005, he joined the NAM as senior vice president of policy and government relations. His previous experience includes serving as chief of staff to Congressman, Governor and Senator George Allen (R-VA) from 1991 to 2002, and a term as executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2004 election cycle. When he first came to Washington in the 1980s, he served as press secretary to Congressman Jim Martin (R-NC) and later Alex McMillan (R-NC).

      A passionate advocate for the adoption of companion animals, Mr. Timmons is the Chairman of the Washington Humane Society Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) Executive Committee. He attended The Ohio State University and resides in McLean, Va.

  • Ryan Triplette
    Franklin Square Group
    • Originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Ryan Triplette is a Principal at the Franklin Square Group, a bipartisan boutique firm specializing in technology issues and whose clients include some of the leading technology companies, coalitions, and associations in the industry. Prior to joining the Franklin Square Group, Ryan was Director of Government Relations for the Intel Corporation.  During her tenure at Intel, she handled the strategic legislative and political engagement of Republican offices and members in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. In this capacity, she served as an advocate on a wide range of issues including: competition policy, cybersecurity, immigration, intellectual property, privacy, tax, telecom, and trade. Before joining the private sector, Ryan served on the Senate Judiciary Committee for six years as Counsel and then Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for the Full Committee under the Republican Leadership of Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Specter (PA), respectively. While on the committee, she worked on intellectual property and civil law reform legislation, the Supreme Court nominations of Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito, and the passage of nearly a dozen bills into law.  Prior to serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ryan first gained her political stripes working for the Republican National Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee. These experiences contributed significantly to her in depth knowledge of how to effectively navigate the legislative and political processes.

      Ryan is a member of the Virginia State Bar and holds a J.D. from University of Richmond School of Law and B.A. in Philosophy and Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University.  In her personal time, she sits on the board of several organizations devoted to mentoring individuals interested in the intersection of law and politics. However, she has found her true passion in working with the Alzheimer’s Association, having started a charity event that has risen over $4 million nationally and $500,000 for the local DC chapter in the past five (5) years.; She also a Founding Member of the Women Against Alzheimer’s, a sub-group of Us Against Alzheimer’s which is devoted to finding a cure to the disease by 2020. In addition to these activities, Ryan is also a member of several social and philanthropic organizations throughout Washington, D.C. and is an ambitious traveler.



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