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The following are brief biographies of members serving in the 111th U.S. Congress whom SAFPAC has made contributions to their campaigns or leadership PACs.

 
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Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (R-4th-AL)

Began service in 1997.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations

Position on SAF Issues:

Fiscally conservative Republican, who generally supports SAF on issues, although promoting conservative social-issue policies has been his major interest. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:


$1500-1998, $1,000-1999, $1,000-2002, $1,000-2003

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF member John Smith, Knud Nielsen Co. has established a good relationship with Representative Aderholt.

 







Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, (R-6th-MD)

Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services; Science and Technology; Small Business

Position on SAF Issues:

Pro-business. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$250-1994

Miscellaneous Information:

He knows SAF members Lee and Bev Wilhide.



Rep. Joe Barton, (R-6th-TX)

Began service in 1985.

Committee Assignments:

Energy and Commerce (Ranking Minority Member)

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted against high risk occupational disease notification bill and mandated family and medical leave legislation. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$300-1988, $300-1989, $250-1994

Miscellaneous Information:

Barton is being targeted by agriculture lobbyists as a key Member outside the Agriculture Committee for future support. The 6th District used to be dominated by conservative Democrats, but Republicans are gaining.


Sen. Robert Bennett, (R-UT)
Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations- Agriculture Subcommittee; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Rules and Administration (Ranking Minority Member); Joint Economic Committee

Position on SAF Issues:

As ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, Bennett's support will be crucial for SAF issues like Floriculture and Research Initiative Funding, and we need to cultivate a relationship with him. He can also be counted on as a reliable supporter of small business issues, and is good at working across party lines to reach bipartisan agreement on contentious issues.

Previous SAF Contributions:

2003-$1,000

Miscellaneous Information:

Son of a previous Utah Senator (Wallace F. Bennett, also a Republican, who served from 1951 through 1974). Bennett is well-respected by his colleagues and tends to "get the job done" in a thoughtful way. Prior to running for the Senate, he was the businessman who developed the "Franklin Day Planner."


Rep. Marion Berry, (D-1st-AR)
Began service in 1997.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations; Budget

Position on SAF Issues:
During his campaign, Berry pledged to make agriculture a priority of his tenure in Congress. He is particularly interested in opening international markets to American agricultural products. In general, he will be favorably disposed to our agricultural issues. In addition, Berry has indicated a strong interest in expanding existing efforts to review regulations that burden business, and to work for regulatory relief for businesses. Voted with SAF on Estate Tax but against SAF on Ergonomics.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1997, $500-1999, $500 - 1999

Miscellaneous Information:

Prior to deciding to run for Congress, Berry was the White House Liaison in the Clinton Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In that position, he had met with SAF and demonstrated a strong interest in and support of our industry. SAF member John Muller has established a good relationship with Berry and has recommended that SAFPAC should support him. Representative Berry is a member of the New Democrat Coalition.



Rep. Judy Biggert (R-13th-IL)

Began service in 1999.

Committee Assignments:

Education and Labor; Financial Services; Science and Technology; Standards of Official Conduct

Position on SAF Issues:
Supportive of small business issues. Supports tax reduction and reform. Favors compensatory time legislation. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.


Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1998, $500-1998, $500-1999, $1,000 - 2001

Miscellaneous Information:

A small business owner for 25 years, Biggert ran a home-based law practice specializing in estate planning. She knows first-hand the challenges businesses must overcome to compete successfully. Biggert has placed high priorities on overhauling the IRS and tax reduction.



Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr., (D-2nd-GA)

Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations

Position on SAF Issues:
Rep. Bishop is a staunch supporter of agriculture, which is a major economic force in his south Georgia district. Specialty crops are very important here, and nursery and floriculture are likely to become more important as farmers transition out of peanuts and tobacco. He has supported our position on such major issues as immigration -- and, in fact, was one of the few House Democrats to do so. Voted with SAF on Estate Tax and the AHP Bill, but against SAF on Ergonomics.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1996, $1500-2002

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. Bishop, as a Southern Democrat, does not always follow the "party line." He voted in favor of regulatory reform to ease the burden on small business, and voted with agriculture on the immigration "guestworker" provision. Although he does not support SAF on every issue, his support is important on agricultural issues and we need to cultivate a stronger relationship with him.



Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-7th-TN)

Began service in 2003.

Committee Assignments:

Energy and Commerce, Select Energy Independence and Global Warming

Position on SAF Issues:
As a newly elected Member of Congress, Rep. Blackburn is an outspoken conservative on most issues, and in particular, tax issues. Prior to being elected in 2002, she owned a retail marketing company. Voted with SAF on the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500 - 2003

Miscellaneous Information:

Was a member of the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Blackburn should be a key supporter in SAF's efforts to retain the $5 million small business exemption in the Streamlined Sales Tax Project legislation.


Blue Dog PAC
Established to elect conservative Democrats to the House of Representatives.

Position on SAF Issues:

Generally Pro-Small Business and Pro-Agriculture

The "Blue Dog" Congressional members include:

John Tanner- Chair (TN-8)
Jim Matheson- Co-Chair (UT-2)
Dennis Cardoza- Co-Chair (CA-18)

Joe Baca (CA-34)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Melissa Bean (IL-8)
Marion Berry (AR-1)
Sanford Bishop (GA-2)
Dan Boren (OK-2)
Leonard Boswell (IA-3)
Allen Boyd (FL-2)
Ben Chandler (KY-6)
Jim Cooper (TN-5)
Jim Costa (CA-20)
Bud Cramer (AL-5)
Lincoln Davis (TN-4)
Jane Harman (CA-32)
Stephanie Herseth (SD-AL)
Tim Holden (PA-17)
Steve Israel (NY-2)
Jim Marshall (GA-3)
Charlie Melancon (LA-3)
Mike McIntyre (NC-7)
Mike Michaud (ME-2)
Dennis Moore (KS-3)
Collin Peterson (MN-5)
Earl Pomeroy (ND-AL)
Mike Ross (AR-4)
John Salazar (CO-3)
Loretta Sanchez (CA-47)
Adam Schiff (CA-29)
David Scott (GA-13)
Gene Taylor (MS-4)

Previous SAF Contributions:

$2,500-2007

SAF has contributed to individual members in the past.

Miscellaneous Information:

Benefits of a one-time $5,000 contribution include:
* Quarterly events featuring Blue Dog Members of Congress
* Periodic breakfast programs which include substantive legislative and campaign updates.
* Annual "Retreat" with Members of Congress (July weekend)
* Strengthening SAF's relations with individual Members of Congress.
Providing opportunity to meet more frequently and informally to communicate the views of the floral industry on legislative matters.




Rep. Roy Blunt, (R-7th-MO)

Began service in 1997.

Committee Assignments:

Energy and Commerce, Minority Whip

Position on SAF Issues:

Supports holding down taxes and tax cuts, reducing the burden of federal regulations and small business and agriculture. Lead opponent of ergonomics regulations. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1998, $2500-1999, $3500-2002, $1500-2003, $1,000 - 2004

ROYB Fund- $2,500-2005 (Rep. Blunt's Leadership PAC)

Miscellaneous Information:

His overriding priority is cutting federal taxes and restraining spending. Typically, he urges his colleagues to "let working families keep the money they have in their checking accounts, where every penny has to count." Spoke at the 2000 Congressional Action Days Breakfast.



Rep. John Boehner, (R-8th-OH)

Began service in 1991.

Committee Assignments:

Minority Leader

Position on SAF Issues:

Very supportive of SAF's position on small business issues in general. He was a PromoFlor cosponsor. He has led House efforts to make EPA's Worker Protection Standards more sensible. Sponsor of Inside Sales bill and leader in that effort.
Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$400-1991, $425-1993, $350-1994, $500-1995, $500-1996, $1500-1997, $1,000-1998, $1,000-1999, $500-2000*, $500-2005

Miscellaneous Information:

Before running for Congress, Rep. Boehner ran a small business. SAF has developed strong ties with his office. Rep. Boehner was a speaker at the 1993 Congressional Action Days legislative briefing.

* Represents a contribution to Representative Boehner's Leadership PAC.

Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, (R-MO)
Began service in 1983.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations- Agriculture Subcommittee; Environment and Public Works; Small Business and Entrepreneurship;
Intelligence (Select) (Ranking Minority Member)

Position on SAF Issues:

Pro-small business, Supports SAF on research funding, estate tax reform, ergonomics, and other small business issues. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1997-$1,500, 1998-$2,000, & 2003-$1,000

Miscellaneous Information:

Holds a very influential position in the Senate, as Chairman of the Small Business Committee and a member of the Agriculture Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee. Is an amateur horticulturist and interested in the floral and nursery industry.



Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-3rd-IA)

Began service in 1997.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture; Transportation & Infrastructure; Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Position on SAF Issues:

Supports balancing the budget, while protecting Medicare and Social Security, and has sided with conservative Democrats on a number of other issues. Voted in favor of the Small Business Paperwork Reduction Act Amendments.
Voted with SAF on Estate Tax but not on Ergonomics.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1999, $605.75 In-Kind-1999

Miscellaneous Information:

A working farmer, Boswell was endorsed by the Iowa Farm Bureau.



Rep. F. Allen Boyd, Jr. (D-2nd-FL)

Began service in 1997.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations (Agriculture Subcommittee); Budget

Position on SAF Issues:

As a conservative Democrat with experience in our industry, Boyd can be counted upon to support SAF on most issues. Boyd campaigned on his record as a State Representative in helping to reduce government waste, taxation and regulation. Until recently, Boyd was a partner in a North Florida nursery operation. He continues to be involved in a sod farm operation. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Estate Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1996, $500-1997, $500-1999, $1,000-2000, $1,000 -2001, $500-2002, $1,000-2005, $2,000-2007

Miscellaneous Information:

Boyd ran to fill the Florida panhandle seat vacated by the retirement of Democratic Congressman Pete Petersen, a long-time supporter of the floriculture and nursery industry. He has established a good reputation with both the business and agriculture communities in the District and his interest in agriculture, budget and property rights issues has won him the support of the Washington, DC agricultural community. He is also supported by the Florida Farm Bureau and the Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association.


Sen. Sam Brownback, (R-KS)
Began service in 1996.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations- Agriculture Subcommittee; Judiciary; Joint Economic Committee (Ranking Minority Member)

Position on SAF Issues:

As a conservative Republican, Brownback can be expected to support SAF positions -- on both small business and agriculture issues. He calls himself "pro-business and pro-agriculture." Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1994-$350, 1995-$500, 1996-$1,500, & 1998-$500

Restore America PAC- 2006-$1,000 (Sen. Brownback's Leadership PAC)

Miscellaneous Information:

Brownback is the former Kansas Secretary of Agriculture and is therefore familiar with the range of issues important to agriculture and small business. He worked with both NAFTA and GATT and has experience as well with the environmental issues facing agriculture. He is on record as opposing employer mandates in health care reform, supports a balanced budget amendment, and favors spending cuts in the federal budget.



Sen. Jim Bunning, (R-KY)
Began service in 1999.

Committee Assignments:

Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Budget; Energy and Natural Resources; Finance

Position on SAF Issues:

Has consistently supported SAF, and his staff has been very accessible to us. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1988-$600, 1989-$600, 1991-$500, 1998-$1,000

Miscellaneous Information:



Rep. Dan Burton, (R-5th-IN)

Began service in 1983.

Committee Assignments:

Oversight and Government Reform; Foreign Affairs;

Position on SAF Issues:

He voted against passage of the high risk occupational disease notification bill and mandated family and medical leave legislation. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$250-1987, $250-1988, $250-1989

Miscellaneous Information:

A recognized leader among conservatives.



Rep. Steve Buyer (R-4th-IN)

Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Energy and Commerce, Veterans' Affairs (Ranking Member)

Position on SAF Issues:

Pro small business. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1993, $1,000-1994, $500-1997

Miscellaneous Information:

He is a pro small business member. Has been supported in the past by SAF member Del Demaree, from Syndicate Sales Inc. in Kokomo, Ind.






Rep. Ken Calvert, (R-44th-CA)
Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations

Position on SAF Issues:

Very supportive of small business issues.Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1995, In-kind $75-1995

Miscellaneous Information:

His voting record is one of strong support for business and a decrease in unfunded federal mandates.



Rep. Dave Camp, (R-4th-MI)

Began service in 1991.

Committee Assignments:

Ways and Means

Position on SAF Issues:

Very supportive of small business, votes with SAF on small business issues. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$300-1991, $300-1992, In-kind $145.00-1993, $500-1993, $500-1994, $1,000-2009

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF has strong ties with Rep. Camp's office. Rep. Camp spoke at a special SAF dinner in January 1993 in conjunction with the Inaugural activities of President Clinton.



Rep. Eric Cantor (R-7th-VA)
Began service in 2001.

Committee Assignments:

Ways and Means

Position on SAF Issues:

As Chief Deputy Minority Whip, Cantor holds a powerful position in House Republican leadership. He is interested in and supportive of small business issues, and can be counted on to vote with SAF on those issues. Voted with SAF on the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$750 - 2003, $2,000-2004, $3,000-2005, $2,200-2007, $1,000-2008

Miscellaneous Information:

Before his election to Congress, Eric served in the Virginia House of Delegates for nine years and achieved a record of accomplishment as a state legislator that was recognized by groups such as Virginia Free, the leading pro-business organization in Virginia, as well as the Virginia Family Foundation and the Virginia Health Care Association.
As Chief Deputy Minority Whip, Eric has a seat at the Republican leadership table in the House where he will help set the policy agenda in Congress. The post of chief deputy whip was previously held by Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), now the Minority Whip, and by the former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).
On January 10, 2003 , Eric won a seat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which has direct jurisdiction over taxes, trade, Social Security, Medicare, prescription drugs for seniors, health care and welfare reform.



Rep. Lois Capps (D-23rd-CA)

Began service in 1998.

Committee Assignments:

Energy and Commerce; Natural Resources

Position on SAF Issues:

Representative Capps was elected on March 10, 1998, to fill the seat formerly held by her husband, Walter Capps, after he died in office. Although liberal on some issues, she can be expected to be very supportive of floriculture, which is a major industry in her district (the Santa Barbara-Carpinteria area). In general, she is expected to pursue a moderate course with regard to business issues in this conservative district. Voted with SAF on Estate Tax, but not on Ergonomics.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1998, $500-1999, $500-2000, $2,000-2002, $1,000-2004

Miscellaneous Information:

Former SAF President Gary Gallup and former Board Member Wilja Brand have both established good working relationships with Representative Capps. Congresswoman Capps is a member of the New Democrat Coalition.



Rep. Michael Castle, (R-At Large-DE)

Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Education and Labor; Financial Services

Position on SAF Issues:

Strong supporter of SAF on changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and the AHP Bill, but not on Estate Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1992, $500-1995, $500-1996, $750 - 2003

Miscellaneous Information:

Pro small-business. Thoughtful and straightforward, Rep. Castle is known to be the link between conservative and liberal Republicans.


Sen. Saxby Chambliss, (R-GA)
Began service in 2003.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry (Ranking Minority Member); Armed Services; Rules and Administration; Intelligence (Select); Joint Committee on Printing

Position on SAF Issues:

Senator Chambliss is a strong supporter of agriculture, as well as being a member of the Specialty Crops Subcommittee of the Agriculture Committee, making him a key member for SAF's efforts. Also supports decreasing regulations and taxes on small business. Has been a key supporter of migrant labor law reform. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Estate Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1995-$500, 1996-$500, 1997-$500, 1999-$500, 2001-$1,000

Miscellaneous Information:

Sen. Chambliss was the first Republican elected in Georgia's 8th District since Reconstruction. Agriculture (and particularly, specialty crops) is one of the top two industries in his former district, and he can be counted upon to support agriculture. SAF has a good relationship with him.



Rep. Howard Coble, (R-6th-NC)

Began service in 1985.

Committee Assignments:

Judiciary; Transportation and Infrastructure

Position on SAF Issues:

He has been very supportive of small business. He voted against the high risk occupational disease notification bill and sits on the Judiciary Committee with jurisdiction over immigration, patent and anti-trust matters. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$250-1985, $425-1986, $250-1987, $500-1988, $500-1989, $350-1990

Miscellaneous Information:

Personal friend of SAF member Billy Hardin, Hardin's Wholesale Florists.


Sen. Tom Coburn, (R-OK)
Began service in 2005.

Committee Assignments:

Health, Education, Labor and Pension; Homeland Security and Government Affairs; Indian Affairs; Judiciary

Position on SAF Issues:

He has a conservative fiscal bend. Has also made positive statements concerning Association Health Plan legislation. He supports eliminating the death tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1996-$500, 1995-$500, $1,000-2004

Miscellaneous Information:

Tom Coburn is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives who was first elected in 1994 and pledged to serve just three terms. He is a practicing obstetrician.



Sen. Thad Cochran, (R-MS)
Began service in 1979.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Appropriations (Ranking Minority Member); Rules and Administration

Position on SAF Issues:

Senator Cochran is an extremely valuable friend of agriculture and of the floral industry. He supported PromoFlor. As a key member of the Agriculture Committee and the ranking member of the Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee, he is probably the one most important Senators to our agricultural lobbying efforts. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1995-$1,000, 2001-$1,000, 2002-$2,500

Miscellaneous Information:

Cochran is a strong defender of Republican interests, and every inch a conservative, but his Senate work has demonstrated that his interests lie in accomplishment rather than legislative stonewalling. He is known and respected as someone who can work hard and effectively to reach a good compromise. SAF has established a good relationship with Senator Cochran, and it is important that we work to maintain it.


Sen. Susan Collins, (R-ME)

Began service in 1997.

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (Ranking Minority Member); Special Committee on Aging

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax. Voted twice with SAF on Minimum Wage. Senator Collins is a key moderate vote on this issue.

Previous SAF Contributions:

2001-$2,000, 2007-$3,000

Dirigo PAC- $1,000-2006 (Sen. Collins's Leadership PAC)

Miscellaneous Information:

Senator Collins is a former Regional Director of the Small Business Administration. Her family runs a fifth generation lumber business.



Rep. Jim Costa (D-20th-CA)

Began service in 2005.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture; Foreign Affairs; Natural Resources

Position on SAF Issues:

Costa has served 24 years in the California State Legislature. As a third-generation family farmer, he will understand agriculture issues and can be expected to support issues important to SAF.Costa is very heavily favored to win this election, and it is important for SAF to establish a relationship with him at this point.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2004, $1,000-2005 & $1,000-2006, $1,000-2007, $1,000-2008, $1,000-2009

Miscellaneous Information:

Costa is the Democratic nominee for the seat of retiring Representative Cal Dooley, also a Democrat. Dooley has been a strong friend of the floral industry, and Costa can be expected to continue that tradition. He is endorsed by, among others, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Sam Farr, both of whom are cognizant and supportive of the green industry.


Sen. Mike Crapo, (R-ID)
Began service in 1999.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Budget; Finance

Position on SAF Issues:

Senator Crapo is a strong supporter of agriculture and small business. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1995-$262.19 (In-kind) $500, 1996- $1,000, 1997-$375(In-kind), 1998-$1,000

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF has established very good ties with Senator Crapo's office. He knows our organization and is interested in our industry. As a strong conservative, he is likely to support SAF positions in other areas, as well.




Rep. Rosa DeLauro, (D-3rd-CT)

Begain service in 1991.

Committee Assignment:

Appropriations- Agriculture Subcommittee (Chairman); Budget

Position on SAF Issues:

DeLauro voted against H.R. 4437 (House Enforcement-Only Immigration Bill) (a vote for SAF). Voted against estate tax repeal and against AHP legistlation

Previous SAF Contributions:

$3,500-2007, $1,000-2009

Miscellaneous Information:

Connecticut is strong flower and nursery industry state.



Sen. Jim DeMint, (R-SC)

Began service in 1999.

Committee Assignments:

Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources; Foreign Relations; Joint Economic Committee

Position on SAF Issues:

Pro-business Republican, who routinely supports SAF on range of issues. Voted in support of H.R. 660 - AHP legislation and Death tax repeal (H.R. 8).

Previous SAF Contributions:

2004- $1,000

Miscellaneous Information:



Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, (R-21st-FL)

Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Rules

Position on SAF Issues:

Original co-sponsor AgJOBS bill HR 3142/HR 884, co-sponsor Association Health Plan bill HR 525, and voted for Death Tax Repeal April 13, 2005. Voted with SAF on the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2005

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. Diaz-Balart is very familiar with the wholesale floral segment and importers as he comes from Miami.


Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25-FL)
Began service in 2002


Sen. Richard Durbin, (D-IL)
Began service in 1997.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations- Agriculture Subcommittee; Judiciary; Rules and Administration, Majority Whip

Position on SAF Issues:

Because of his position as former Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Durbin was important to SAF efforts. Voted against SAF on Ergonomics and the Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:


1994- $500

Miscellaneous Information: Current Senate Majority Whip. Responsable for collecting and counting votes for the Senate Democrats. Ranks number three in Senate Majority Leadership.





Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-3rd-MI)
Began servicein 1994.

Committee Assignments:

Education and Labor; House Administration (Ranking Minority Leader); Science and Technology; Transportation & Infrastructure; Joint Committee on the Library of Congress; Joint Committee on Printing

Position on SAF Issues:

A research physicist with a strong interest in science, Ehlers has a moderate voting record: conservative on fiscal matters and more liberal on social issues. As a member of the important Education & Labor Committee, Ehlers is an important voice for small business and will support SAF's position on issues. He has also indicated an interest in the current controversy over geranium imports. Voted with SAF on the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2003, $2,000-2004, $1,000-2006

Miscellaneous Information:

Attends the CAD Congressional Reception every year. Floriculture has a strong presence in Michigan, and we need to cultivate our relationship with him.



Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, (R-8th-MO)
Began service in 1996.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations (Agriculture Subcommitteea)

Position on SAF Issues:

Ran as a "common-sense, conservative voice" for the seat vacated by the death of her husband, Congressman Bill Emerson, in 1996. Bill Emerson was an extraordinarily popular Congressman, and his wife is also well-known and well-liked. She is on record as supporting a balanced budget, agriculture profitability, and economic growth. She has a strong track record with the Republican Party. She can be counted on to be supportive of SAF positions on most, if not all, issues and attends SAF's annual reception. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000- 1996, $500- 1997, $1,000 -2002

Miscellaneous Information:


Sen. John Ensign, (R-NV)
Began service in 2001.

Committee Assignments:

Budget; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Finance; Rules and Administration
Position on SAF Issues:

Pro-Business

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1996, $500-1997, $1,000-1998, $1,000-1999

Miscellaneous Information:

During his service, Senator Ensign has worked diligently on important issues of interest to small business. Ensign ran for Senate in 1998 and lost by only 400 votes.



Sen. Michael B. Enzi, (R-WY)
Began service in 1997.

Committee Assignments:

Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Budget; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (Ranking Minority Member);
Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Position on SAF Issues:

As a conservative Republican, can be counted upon to support SAF on most positions. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-1998, $1,000-2001

Miscellaneous Information:

Has a business background, as well as 10 years in the Wyoming State Legislature. Sponsored the Enzi Amendment to the 2000 Labor Appropriations Bill defunding the ergonomics initiative.



Rep. Anna Eshoo, (D-14th-CA)

Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Energy and Commerce; Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Position on SAF Issues:

Supports SAF on some Agriculture issues.Voted against SAF on Ergonomics and Estate Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$250-1993

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. Eshoo represents a large flower producing area. SAF member John Muller from Daylight Nursery, in Half Moon Bay, Calif., feels she is going to be a long-term member of Congress and has established a good relationship with her office.
Congresswoman Eshoo is a member of the New Democrat Coalition.




Rep. Sam Farr, (D-17th-CA)
Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations-Agriculture Subcommittee

Position on SAF Issues:

Supportive of the domestic flower industry. PromoFlor cosponsor. We are working to establish a stronger relationship with Rep. Farr. Voted with SAF on Estate Tax and against Ergonomics.

Previous SAF Contributions:

In-kind $65-1994, In-kind $105-1995, $500-1998, $1,000-2000, $1,000-2001, $3,000-2002, $3,000-2003, $2,000-2004, $2,000-2005, $3,000-2006, $2,000-2007, $1,000-2008, $2,000-2009

Miscellaneous Information:

Represents a major flower-growing district. Rep. Farr has supported several programs SAF questioned--country of origin labeling and pesticide residue studies on imported product. There is a need, however, to remain visible with his office and keep open channels of communication.


Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-CA)
Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations- Agriculture Subcommittee; Judiciary- Immigration Subcommittee; Rules & Administration (Chairman);Intelligence (Select), Joint Library (Chair); Joint Printing (Vice Chair)

Position on SAF Issues:

Senator Feinstein has supported floriculture and agriculture in behind the scenes negotiations leading toward the agriculture guestworker reform bill, which is very important to growers across the country. Although she has not yet cosponsored this bill, the agricultural community has decided to make a proactive effort to support her in order to build stronger lines of communication. Other supporters will include Farm Bureau, American Nursery & Landscape Association and the National Cotton Council. Because of the importance of floriculture in California agriculture, SAF needs to be part of that group. Voted with SAF on the Death Tax but voted against removing the ergonomics rule.

Previous SAF Contributions:

2000-$1,000, 2003-$1,000, 2004-$1,000, 2006-$2,000

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF member Janet Kister met with Senator Feinstein early in 2000 to strengthen her interest in Quarantine 37 and the Plant Protection Act. Senator Feinstein is a member of the New Democrat Coalition.


Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-1-NE)
Began Service in 2004

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture, Foreign Affairs, Small Business

Position on SAF Issues:

Sits on House Agriculture-Specialty Crops Subcommittee, Foreign Affairs, Small Business committees. Voted for House version of the Farm Bill, including specialty crops provisions.

Previous SAF Contributions

$1,000-2007

Miscellaneous Information

Close relationship with Mel and Joey Schwanke.


Rep. Virginia Foxx, (R-5th-NC)
Began Service in 2005.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture; Education and Labor; Oversight and Government Reform

Position on SAF Issues:

Foxx built a record in the state senate as a pro-business legislator. She voted against all state budgets that raised taxes, and has said she will fight to abolish the death tax and capital gains taxes. She voted for major medical malpractice reform in the state legislator. Voted with SAF on the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2004 & $1,000-2006

Miscellaneous Information:

Foxx is a pro-business candidate who won the Republican nomination in the highly contested fifth congressional district. Rep. Richard Burr who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards currently holds this open seat. Foxx owned and operated Grandfather Mountain Nursery for 28 years. . Foxx has 10 years of experience in the state Senate and has compiled a conservative voting record.



Rep. Trent Franks, (R-2nd-AZ)
Began service in 2003.

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services; Judiciary

Position on SAF Issues:

Conservative Member of Congress with a small business background. He is expected to support SAF on most small business issues. Voted with SAF on the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000 - 2003

Miscellaneous Information:


Representative Franks has expressed interest in learning about our industry, creating an opportunity for SAF to establish a relationship early on with him.




Rep. Elton Gallegly, (R-24th-CA)
Began service in 1987.

Committee Assignments:

Foreign Affairs; Judiciary; Natural Resources; Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Position on SAF Issues:

Gallegly is a conservative Republican and can be counted upon to support SAF on most issues. He has been at the forefront of conservative efforts on immigration reform and supported our efforts in the Plant Patent Act. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$300-1988, $300-1989, $350-1990, In-kind $250-1994, $500-1995, $500-1996, $500- 1997, $750-1998, $1,000-1999, $334.00 In-Kind-1999, $500-2000, $265-In Kind-2000, $500-2001, $1,000 - 2002

Miscellaneous Information:

Although not on the Agriculture Committee, he is strongly supportive of and interested in floriculture -- his district includes Carpinteria, most of Ventura County and part of Santa Barbara County. SAF has formed strong ties with his office.



Rep. Scott Garrett, (R-5th-NJ)
Began service in 2003.

Committee Assignments:

Budget; Financial Services

Position on SAF Issues:

A Pro-business Republican, who generally supports SAF on issues. Voted with SAF on H.R. 660 AHP legislation and with SAF on H.R. 8 to make the death tax repeal permanent. Voted with SAF on the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-2003

Miscellaneous Information:

Scott Garrett is a freshman member who will always have a primary because he is a northeast Republican who is pro-business, pro-free enterprise.


Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY)
Began service in 2006

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture, Armed Services

Position on SAF Issues:

Is a member of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, which is key for our Farm Bill efforts.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2008

Miscellaneous Information:

Mark Adams, a floriculture grower in her district, is on her farm advisory committee and stays in touch with SAF regarding key issues.


Rep. Bob Goodlatte, (R-6th-VA)
Began Service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture (Ranking Minority Member);Judiciary

Position on SAF Issues:

Ranking Member Goodlatte's district is a heavily agriculture district, and most of its voters are on the conservative side of the Republican spectrum. Goodlatte matches his constituents' views. Voted with SAF on the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000 - 2003

Miscellaneous Information:

As the ranking member of the Agriculture Committee, it is vital that SAF begin to strengthen its relationship with Rep. Goodlatte. He has also been interested in internet and copyright issues, and could be helpful on those.


Rep. Kay Granger, (R-12th-TX)
Began service in 1997.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations

Position on SAF Issues:

Granger is a strong supporter of small business and agriculture. She is an advocate of lower taxes and worked tirelessly, when Mayor of Fort Worth, to encourage economic development as well as fiscal responsibility. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1996, $500-1997, $250-1998

Miscellaneous Information:

Granger received pre-primary support from business PACs including Associated Builders and Contractors, National Association of Home Builders and National Association of Realtors.SAF members Cheryl Costello and Martha Hoppe have supported Granger's candidacy.



Rep. Sam Graves, (R-6th-MO)
Began service in 2001.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture; Small Business; Transportation and Infrastructure

Position on SAF Issues:

Representative Graves is a farmer (corn, soybeans) and was named an Outstanding Young Farmer in 1991 by the Farm Bureau. He was the first, and only, Missouri legislator to receive the Henderson award for his outstanding service to Missouri Small Business, and also received a 1999 award for his dedication to "creating a strong pro-business environment" in Missouri. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-2000, $500-2001, $500-2004, $1,000-2007

Miscellaneous Information:





Sen. Tom Harkin, (D-IA)
Began service in 1985.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry (Chairman); Appropriations- Agriculture Subcommittee; Health, Education, Labor and Pension; Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Position on SAF Issues:


Previous SAF Contributions:


2007-$1,000

Miscellaneous Information:

Although he is one of the Senate's more liberal members, he is chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Farm Bill.



Rep. Richard "Doc" Hastings, (R-4th-WA)
Began service in 1995.

Committee Assignments:

Rules; Standards of Official Conduct (Ranking Minority Member)

Position on SAF Issues:

Hastings defeated Democrat Jay Inslee in 1994, to return the central, largely rural 4th District to Republican hands. A strong conservative, he is a valuable ally. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.
Only 17 Republicans stood their ground and voted against H.R. 4437, the House "enforcement-only" immigration bill passed in December, 2005. Hastings was one of those Republicans.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$250-1995, $250-1996, $500-1996, $1,000-2006, $500-2009

Miscellaneous Information:

Hastings is a paper company executive and former State legislator.


Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, (R-UT)
Began service in 1977.

Committee Assignments:

Finance; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Judiciary; Intelligence (Select); Joint Committee on Taxation

Position on SAF Issues:

Senator Hatch is a major supporter of business on labor issues. He was an uncompromising supporter of our position on high risk occupational disease notification bill, and was a key supporter on minimum wage and parental leave. He voted against the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. He was a cosponsor of S. 985, the minor use pesticides legislation. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:


1998-$1,000,1989-$1,000, 1994-$500

Miscellaneous Information:

He was a speaker at the 1990 Congressional Action Days Gold Club Breakfast.



Rep. Wally Herger, (R-2nd-CA)
Began service in 1987.

Committee Assignments:

Ways and Means; Joint Committee on Taxation

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted against mandated family and medical leave legislation.

Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$250-1988, $250-1989, $700-1990, $500-1991, In-kind $54-1992, In-kind $65-1993, $500-1993, In-kind $95-1994

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. Herger is a conservative northern California rancher with a large agricultural constituency. Before he was elected to Congress, Herger was Vice Chairman of the California State House Agriculture Committee. His staff has been very accessible on small business issues.



Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey, (D-22nd-NY)
Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations; Natural Resources; Joint Economic Committee

Position on SAF Issues:

Hinchey strongly supports SAF on floriculture research initiative funding. Other interests include preserving natural resources. Voted against SAF on Ergonomics and Estate Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1999, $2,000-2000, $1,000-2001, $1,000-2002, $2,000-2004, $1,000-2005, $1,000-2006, $1,000 2007, $1,000-2008

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF has good working relationship with Member and staff. Cornell University, which is an important floriculture research center, is in Hinchey's district.



Rep. Michael M. Honda (D-15th-CA)
Began service in 2001.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations

Position on SAF Issues:

Has been strongly supportive of SAF's efforts relating to the current geranium quarantine. Co-authored a letter to Appropriations Committee, and worked diligently to obtain 24 Congressional signatures on that letter. Is very interested in the floral industry, and as a member of the Science Committee, will be helpful on science issues related to trade and research. Supports funding for the Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$750-2003, $1,000-2004, $1,000-2005, $1,000-2006, $1,000-2007

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF has a good working relationship with Rep. Honda.



Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, (D-5th-MD)
Began service: 1981

Committee Assignments:

House Majority Leader

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted to increase minimum wage.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1990, $1,000-2007

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. Hoyer was extremely supportive of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As the House Majority Leader, it is important for SAF to develop a relationship with Rep. Hoyer.



Rep. Duncan Hunter, (R-52nd-CA)

Began service in 1981.

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services (Ranking Minority Member)

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted against high-risk occupational disease notification bill and mandated family and medical leave legislation. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1988, $500-1989, $200-1995

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF member Paul Ecke Jr., Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, has developed a good relationship with the Congressman.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, (R-TX)
Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations; Commerce, Science and Transportation; Rules and Administration; Veterans' Affairs

Position on SAF Issues:

Will vote positively on most floral industry issues. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:


1993-$600, 1994-$1,500, 1996-$1,000

Miscellaneous Information:

Spoke at the 1996 Congressional Action Days Breakfast.




Sen. James Inhofe, (R-OK)
Began service in 1995.

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services; Environment and Public Works (Ranking Minority Member)

Position on SAF Issues:

Very conservative Republican, can be counted upon to support most small business issues. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1988-$700, 1989-$250, 1991-$350, 1994-$1,000, 1996-$1,000-1996, 1996-$140.63 (In-kind)

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF member Tom Butler of Teleflora has developed close ties with Sen. Inhofe. He served in the House from 1987 to 1995.



Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-49th-CA)
Began service in 2001.

Committee Assignments:

Oversight and Government Reform; Judiciary; Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Position on SAF Issues:

Supports reducing size and scope of the federal government. Issa is a strong opponent of illegal immigration and supports full enforcement of immigration laws. We will need to work with him on this issue for H-2A reform. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-2001, $3500-2002, $3500-2003, $1,000-2004, $2,000-2005

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF Members Janet Silva Kister and Mike Mellano are constituents of Representative Issa. Representative Issa has also visited the Paul Ecke Ranch.




Rep. Sam Johnson (R-3rd-TX)
Began service: 1991

Committee Assignments:

Ways and Means

Position on SAF Issues:

Supports tax cuts. Against an increase in the minimum wage. Supportive of small business. Supported SAF on inside-sales legislation. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1998, $1,000-2005

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. Johnson served 30 years in the military and was held prisoner in Vietnam for more than six years. After retiring from the service, Johnson entered a home-building business.



Rep. Walter Jones, Jr., (R-3rd-NC)
Began service in 1995.

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services; Financial Services

Position on SAF Issues:

Supports small business and agriculture.
Focuses on economic and small business issues. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1994, $500-2000

Miscellaneous Information:

Jones' father served for many years in Congress as an influential Southern Democrat. Walter Jones, Jr. changed parties and ran as a conservative Republican, and as a small businessman. He can be counted on to support SAF positions.




Rep. Marcy Kaptur, (D-9th-OH)
Began service in 1982.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations-Agriculture Subcommittee; Budget

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted against AHP legislation and Death Tax Repeal and is not a Cosponsor of the AgJOBS bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2003, $1,000-2004, $1,000-2005 & $2,000-2006

Miscellaneous Information:

While she does not always vote for small business issues, Rep. Kaptur has been a strong supporter of the Ornamentals Germplasm Repository at Ohio State University and is very supportive of the Floral and Nursery Research Institute.



Rep. Ric Keller, (R-8th-FL)
Began service in 2001.

Committee Assignments:

Education and Labor; Judiciary

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-2001, $1,000-2002, $1,000-2003, $1,000-2006, $1,000-2007

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF member Danny Sexton's business is in Representative Keller's district and he has begun to foster a good relationship with the Congressman.



Rep. Peter T. King, (R-3rd-NY)
Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Financial Services; Homeland Security (Ranking Minority Member)

Position on SAF Issues:

Rep. King understands the need to support small business. He voted in favor of a balanced budget, health insurance deduction for the self-employed, regulatory flexibility for small businesses, regulatory reform, and tax and spending cuts.Representative King was one of 13 Republicans to vote against removing OSHA's Ergonomics rule. Voted with SAF Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$80-1995 (In-kind), $500-1996, $300-1998

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF has excellent relations with his office. SAF members Neil and Carol Caggiano, Glen Head Flower Shop, are in his district and have good relations with his office.



Rep. Jack Kingston, (R-1st-GA)
Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations-Agriculture Subcommittee

Position on SAF Issues:

Conservative Republican who can be counted on to support SAF. Interested in floriculture. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

In-kind $59.50-1993, $500-1994, $500-1995, $1,000-1997, $500-1998

Miscellaneous Information:

As a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rep. Kingston will be important in SAF's continued efforts to obtain agriculture research funding. We supported his effort to get this committee assignment and have a good relationship with his office.



Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R-10th-IL)

Began service in 2001.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2000, $1,000-2004, $1,000-2007, $1,000-2008

Miscellaneous Information:

Representative Kirk toured the business of former SAF President Jim Leider in December 2000. Kirk is a former congressional aide to Rep. John Porter and succeeded Rep. Porter in Congress when he retired.



Rep. John R. Kuhl, Jr., (R-29th-NY)
Began service in2005.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture- Livestock and Horticulture Subcommittee; Education and Labor; Transportation and Infrastructure

Position on SAF Issues:

AgJOBS cosponsor

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2007

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep Kuhl is the ranking minority member of the Agriculture subcomittee on Livestock and Horticulture. (Farm Bill jurisdiction of floriculture)


Sen. Jon Kyl, (R-AZ)
Began service in 1995.

Committee Assignments:

Finance; Judiciary- Immigration Subcommittee, Minority Whip

Position on SAF Issues:

As a member of the House, voted against mandated family and medical leave legislation,. He was a PromoFlor cosponsor. He was a cosponsor of the minor use pesticides legislation. Senator Kyl has also sponsored estate tax reform legislation. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1992-$300, 1994-$2,000, 1994-In-kind $135, 1999-$1,000

Miscellaneous Information:

Senator Kyl is very pro-small business.




Rep. Ray LaHood, (R-18th-IL)
Began service in 1995.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations

Position on SAF Issues:

Rep. LaHood previously was Chief of Staff to Minority Leader Bob Michel. An important ally for agriculture and environmental issues.Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$50-1994, $500-1996, $1,000-1999, $1,000-2006

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. LaHood spoke at the recent press event on comprehensive immigration reform and is taking a lead role on the issue in the House.



Rep. Rick Larsen, (D-2nd-WA)
Began service in 2001.

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services; Small Business; Transportation and Infrastructure

Position on SAF Issues:

Supports targeted tax cuts and paying down the national debt. Voted with SAF on Estate Tax but not Ergonomics.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2001, $1,000-2002, $1,000-2004, $1,000-2007, $1,000-2008, $1,500-2009

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF member Dave Boulton supported Representative Larsen's candidacy for this open seat and has a long-term relationship with this new Member of Congress. Representative Larsen is a member of the New Democrat Coalition.



Rep. Tom Latham, (R-4th-IA)
Began service in 1995.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations-Agriculture Subcommittee

Position on SAF Issues:

Very supportive of agriculture. Floriculture and nursery crops are important in Iowa, and Rep. Latham will be supportive of our industry. In addition, he is a former seed company executive, so has a more detailed knowledge of agriculture than many other representatives. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics. Representative Latham did not vote on H.R. 8 - The Death Tax Elimination Act of 2001. Voted with SAF on the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1996, $500-1997, $1,000-1998, $500-1999, $500-2000, $500-2001, $1,000-2002, $2500-2003, $1,000-2004, $3,000-2005 & $1,000-2006, $1,000-2007, $1,000-2008

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. Latham can be a good friend to floriculture. We have a good relationship with his office.



Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-14th-OH)
Began service in 1994

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations

Previous SAF Contributions:


$2,000-2009

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. LaTourette is the representative for SAF President-Elect Bob Williams



Rep. Jerry Lewis, (R-41th-CA)
Began service in 1979.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations (Ranking Minority Leader)

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted with SAF against high risk occupational disease notification bill and on mandated family and medical leave legislation.Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1988, $500-1989, $500-1990, In-kind $70-1994

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. Lewis is a respected leader in the California delegation.



Rep. Chris Lee (R-26-NY)
Began service in 2008

Committee Assignments:

Financial Services

Position on SAF Issues:

Lee is a new Member of Congress. He is a former businessman and a moderate Republican known for "reaching across the aisle."

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000 - 2010


Sen. Blanche Lincoln, (D-AR)

Began service in 1999.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Energy and Natural Resources; Finance; Special Committee on Aging

Position on SAF Issues:

Pro-Business, Pro-Floriculture and voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1998-$1,000 2004-$2,000, $1,000-2009

Miscellaneous Information:

As a pro-business Democrat, Lincoln promises to be supportive of the small business and floriculture industries and wants to focus on returning common sense to government. She spoke at Congressional Action Days in 1994.
Senator Lincoln is a member of the New Democrat Coalition.



Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, (R-2nd-NJ)
Began service in 1995.

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services; Transportation and Infrastructure

Position on SAF Issues:

As a conservative Republican, he votes with SAF on most issues.Voted with SAF on Estate Tax and the AHP Bill, but not on Ergonomics.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-1994

Miscellaneous Information:

Will try to be pro-business, but may have a labor union conflict. Runs his family's trucking business in New Jersey.



Rep. Frank D. Lucas, (R-3rd-OK)
Began service in 1994.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture; Financial Services; Science and Technology

Position on SAF Issues:

Supports small business and agriculture. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-1994, $500-1995, $134.63(In-kind)-1995, $500-1996, $1,000-2005

Miscellaneous Information:

Teleflora President Tom Butler has met personally with Rep. Lucas and is supportive of him. Frank Lucas is a fifth generation Oklahoman whose family has lived and farmed in Western Oklahoma for over 100 years. In the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Lucas served on the Agriculture, County and Municipal Government, Tax and Revenue, and Banking and Finance committees, and was Chairman of the House Republican Caucus.


Sen. Richard G. Lugar, (R-IN)
Began service in 1977.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Foreign Relations (Ranking Minority Member)

Position on SAF Issues:

He voted against the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. He was a PromoFlor cosponsor, and a cosponsor of the minor use pesticides legislation. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1988-$1,000, 1989-$1,000, 1990-$1,000, 1994-$1,500, 1997-$1,000

Miscellaneous Information:

Lugar is a key senator for SAF. Previously as the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, his support will be essential to our efforts. He was a speaker at Congressional Action Days 1990 and was very well received by the membership. SAF member Del Demaree, Syndicate Sales Inc., Kokomo, Ind., has ties with Sen. Lugar.



Sen. Mel R. Martinez, (R-FL)
Began service in 2005

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Energy and Natural Resources; Special Committee on Aging

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted for S. 2611-Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Small Business Health Plans

Previous SAF Contibutions:

Freedom and Democracy Fund- 2006-$1,000 (Sen. Martinez's Leadership PAC)

Miscellaneous Information:

Sen. Martinez is a co-sponsor of comprehensive immigration reform that SAF supports. Sen. Martinez has reached out to the business community and been a leader in supporting the preservation of AgJOBS in the compromise.



Sen. John McCain, (R-AZ)
Began service in 1987.

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services (Ranking Minority Member); Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Indian Affairs

Position on SAF Issues:

Generally supportive of SAF issues. Voted in support of Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1992-$1,000

Miscellaneous Information:

Sponsor of McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform bill. SAF Member Tony Medlock, PJ Flowers in Phoenix, Arizona has a close working relationship with Senator McCain's office.



Rep. Kevin McCarthy, (R-22nd-CA)
Began service in 2006.

Committee Assignments:

Financial Services; House Administration; Joint Committee on Printing

Position on SAF Issues:

Freshman hasn’t voted on Death Tax or AHPs. Voted against minimum wage increase. Needs to be briefed on AgJOBS.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2007 & $1,000-2007 McPAC (Rep. McCarthy's Leadership PAC)

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. McCarthy use to sit on the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, and his district is in the heart of California's Central Valley.



Rep. Donald Manzullo, (R-16th-IL)
Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Financial Services; Foreign Affairs

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted to stop ergonomics and for estate tax reform. Voted with SAF on the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2002, In-kind $225.45-2002, $1,000-2003

Miscellaneous Information:

He is a staunch supporter of small business and has been very vocal in ensuring small businesses benefit from any stimulus package passed by Congress.


Sen. Mitch McConnell, (R-KY)
Began service in 1985.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Appropriations- Agriculture Subcommittee; Rules and Administration, Minority Leader

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted against the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. He was a PromoFlor cosponsor. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1985-$1,000, 1989-$1,000, $1,000-2008

Miscellaneous Information:

McConnell is extremely interested in agriculture and small business issues. He is married to Elaine Chao, Secretary of Labor in the Bush Administration.



Rep. Patrick McHenry, (R-10th-NC)
Began service in 2004.

Committee Assignments:

Budget; Financial Services; Oversight and Government Reform

Position on SAF Issues:

Deputy Republican Whip and Finance Chairman fo the National Republican Congressional Committee's Executive Committee. Voted Yes on AHP's and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:


(None)

Miscellaneous Information:

Former Realtor and Small Business Owner.



Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th-NC)
Began service in 1997.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture; Armed Services

Position on SAF Issues:

Very conservative Democrat. Supported comp time legislation. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1999, $1,000-2000, $500-2001, $500-2002, $500-2004 & $1,000-2005, $1,000-2006, $1,000-2007

Miscellaneous Information:

Conservative Democrat, member of the Blue Dog Coalition, and is from a strongly agricultural district. Good bipartisan ally. Representative McIntyre is a member of the New Democrat Coalition.



Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, (R-25th-CA)
Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services; Education and Labor (Ranking Minority Members)

Position on SAF Issues:

McKeon is a conservative Republican and can be counted upon to support SAF on most issues. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1995, $1,000-2004

21st Century PAC- $1,000-2006, $1,000-2007, $1,000-2008 (Rep. McKeon's Leadership PAC)

Miscellaneous Information:

Representative McKeon's district (California 25) encompasses northern Los Angeles County, running to the borders of Ventura County to the west, Kern County to the north, and San Bernardino County to the east. It is a mix of rural and suburban areas, and its population tends to be conservative.


Sen. Patty Murray, (D-WA)
Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations; Budget; Health, Education, Labor and Pension; Rules and Administration; Veterans' Affairs; Joint Printing

Position on SAF Issues:

Orignal cosponsor of S. 340 -- AgJOBS bill to reform immigration laws for labor-intensive agriculture.

Previous SAF Contribution:

2007-$1,000

Miscellaneous Inoformation:

Murray was first elected in 1992. In 1998 and 2004 she was re-elected by a wide margin and is currently Washington's senior senator. She is the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Transportation Subcommittee and has convened hearings on port and cargo security. SAF is working to develop a stronger relationship with her staff and office to reinforce her efforts to be supportive of AgJOBS.



Rep. Sue Myrick, (R-9th-NC)
Began service in 1995.

Committee Assignments:

Energy and Commerce

Position on SAF Issues:

As a conservative Republican, Myrick votes with SAF on small business issues. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$300-1994, $500-1995, $80 (In-kind)-1995, $93.60 (In-kind)-1996, $500-1996, $500-1997

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. Myrick is the former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a conservative Republican and is pro-small business. She is regarded as a "rising star" by GOP leadership, and SAF has a good relationship with her.




Sen. Ben Nelson, (D-NE)
Began service in 2001.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Appropriations; Armed Services; Rules and Administration

Position on SAF Issues:

Nelson is a very conservative Democrat who supports SAF on most issues. He is known for his bipartisan ability to forge compromise positions and get legislation passed. His business background helps him communicate a business perspective.

Previous SAF Contributions:

2005-$1,000 2006-$1,000

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF member Arlene Sorensen has a long-established friendship with Senator Nelson. SAF needs to work to build on that relationship.

 




Rep. Ed Pastor, (D-4th-AZ)
Began service in 1991.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations

Position on SAF Issues:

Congressman Pastor is a strong supporter of agriculture. Because his district is a major producer of specialty crops, he is particularly interested in our industry.Voted against SAF on Ergonomics and Estate Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1995, $500-1996

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF has established good ties with Congressman Pastor's office, and he attends our Congressional Action Days reception.



Rep. Donald M. Payne, (D-10th-NJ)
Began service in 1989.

Committee Assignments:

Education and Labor; Foreign Affairs

Position on SAF Issues:

Has supported some small business issues. Voted against SAF on Ergonomics and Estate Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

In-kind $95-1993

Miscellaneous Information:



Rep. Mike Pence, (R-6th-IN)
Began service in 2001.

Committee Assignments:

Foreign Affairs; Judiciary

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2001, $1,000-2002, $1,000-2004, $1,000-2005, $1,000-2006, $1,000-2007

Miscellaneous Information:

Was a member of both the Agriculture and Small Business Committees, Rep. Pence is a congressman SAF should support.



Rep. Collin C. Peterson, (D-7th-MN)
Began service in 1991.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture (Chairman)

Position on SAF Issues:

He was a PromoFlor cosponsor. Voted against SAF on Ergonomics and Estate Tax. Voted with SAF on the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:


$500-1993, In-kind $124-1994, $500-1995, $130 (In-kind)-1995, $500-1996, $1,000-2005, $1,000-2006, $2,000-2007, $1,500-2009

Miscellaneous Information:

A strong member of the Agriculture Committee, Rep. Peterson has supported SAF on agriculture issues. One of the leaders of the "Blue Dog" Democrats, he is helping move the Democratic Party back closer to center.



Rep. Thomas E. Petri, (R-6th-WI)
Began service in 1979.

Committee Assignments:

Education and Labor; Transportation and Infrastructure

Position on SAF Issues:

He offered a Republican substitute to the high risk occupational disease notification bill in the House Education and Labor Committee. Voted with SAF on Estate Tax and the AHP Bill, and against on Ergonomics.

Previous SAF Contributions:


$250-1986, $250-1988, $300-1989, $300-1990, $300-1991, $300-1992

Miscellaneous Information:



Rep. Earl Pomeroy, (D-At Large-ND)
Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture; Ways and Means

Position on SAF Issues:

Votes against SAF on some labor issues. Voted against SAF on Ergonomics and Estate Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

In-kind $55-1993, $500-1994

Miscellaneous Information:

As a former Insurance Commissioner of North Dakota, he is knowledgeable about crop insurance issues and is helpful in our efforts to improve crop insurance and disaster legislation for specialty crop producers.



Rep. Adam Putnam (R-12th-FL)
Began service in 2001.

Committee Assignments:

Financial Services

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2000, $1,000-2002, $2,000-2004, $1500-2005, $2,000-2008

RedPAC- $1,000-2006 (Rep. Putnam's Leadership PAC)

Miscellaneous Information:

A fifth-generation Floridian, Putnam is a cattle rancher and citrus grower. He is the youngest Congressman in the United States House of Representatives. Representative Putnam was a member of Florida's State House of Representatives, and was made the Chairman of its Agriculture Committee in only his second term. He is supported by the Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association, and is well-regarded by Florida's nursery and foliage industry.




Rep. George Radanovich, (R-19th-CA)
Began service in 1995.

Committee Assignments:

Energy and Commerce

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$778.36 (In-kind)-1995, $584.99-1996, $500-1997, $500-2002, $1500-2003, $1,000-2004, $2,500-2005, $1,500-2007, $1,000-2009

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF member John Muller has established good ties with Congressman Radanovich. As a vintner, he has a strong interest in agriculture and in environmental and farm labor issues affecting agriculture.



Rep. Dennis Rehberg, (R-MT-At Large)
Began service in 2001.

Committee Assignments:


Appropriations

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted with SAF on Estate Tax and the SBHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2005

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. Rehberg is a close friend of former SAF president Chuck Gainan


Sen. Pat Roberts, (R-KS)
Began service in 1997.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Finance; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Ethics (Select)

Position on SAF Issues:

In 1994, Roberts was an original cosponsor of H.R. 967, the minor use pesticides legislation. He voted against the high risk occupational disease notification bill, mandated family and medical leave legislation. He was a PromoFlor cosponsor and is interested in the floral industry. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1985-$250, 1986-$500, 1988-$300, 1989-$500, 1990-$500, 1994-$500, 1995-$1,000

Miscellaneous Information:

Senator Roberts won his election to the Senate in 1996. He is a very strong supporter of agriculture and his position as former Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee gave him a great deal of influence. SAF has developed a strong relationship with Senator Roberts, which we need to continue.



Rep. Michael Rogers, (R-8th-MI)
Began service in 2001.

Committee Assignments:

Energy and Commerce; Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Position on SAF Issues:

Supportive of small business issues. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2001, $1,000-2003, $1500-2004, $2,000-2005, $1,00-2006, $1,000-2007, $1,000-2010

Miscellaneous Information:

Representative Rogers won his seat in the 2000 Election by a very slim margin.


Rep. Tom Rooney (R-16th-FL)
Began Service in 2009

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services, Judiciary

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2009



Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R-18th-FL)
Began service in 1989.

Committee Assignments:

Foreign Affairs (Ranking Minority Member)

Position on SAF Issues:

PromoFlor cosponsor. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1991, $500-1992, $500-1995

Miscellaneous Information:

Many floral operations are located in her district. She is considered to be very pro-small business. She knows SAF well and is interested in and supportive of our industry.



Rep. Peter J. Roskam, (R-6th-IL)

Began service in 2007.

Committee Assignments:

Financial Services

Position on SAF Issues:

Roskam has indicated that he will vote to make permanent tax cuts (including the Death Tax) that were enacted in 2001. As a state senator, he has been recognized for organizing a recycling program, an open space preservation effort and has earned a 100% rating from the Illinois Environmental Council. A conservative Republican, he is strongly endorsed by the Illinois Republican Party. He has also recently been recived two union endorsements. He has favored tort reform via a cap on non-economic damages.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2006

Miscellaneous Information:

Roskam is the Republican candidate for the seat vacated by the retirement of Rep. Henry Hyde (R-6th-IL). He was elcted to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1993 and in 2000, was appointed to the Illinois State Senate where he serves as teh Republican Whip and Floor Leader. SAF member Baxter Phillip is asquainted with Roskam and has recommended that SAFPAC support his candidacy.



Rep. Paul Ryan, (R-1st-WI)
Began service in 1999.

Committee Assignments:

Budget (Ranking Minority Member); Ways and Means

Position on SAF Issues:

In the 106th Congress, Ryan voted for the Death Tax Elimination Act (H.R. 8) and the override attempt of H.R. 8. He also voted for defunding ergonomics. Ryan supports protecting Medicare, paying down the national debt and providing tax relief. Voted with SAF on the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2001

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF Inaugural Volunteers Brad and Kelly Harnisch are constituents of Representative Ryan.




Rep. John T. Salazar (D-3rd-CO)
Began service in 2005.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture; Transportation and Infrastructure; Veteran's Affairs

Position on SAF Issues:

Salazar owns and operates a potato seed operation in Southern Colorado, and has pledged to maintain a strong interest in agriculture. In a preliminary conversation with SAF staff, Salazar pledged to support continued research funding benefiting the floriculture and nursery industry, and indicated a strong awareness of the importance of the ornamentals industry in Colorado and in his district. SAF has briefed him on the need to support the AgJOBS bill and will continue to use opportunities to work with his staff as he moves into office.
Voted with SAF on the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$2,000-2004, $1,000-2005, $1,000-2007, $2,500-2008

Miscellaneous Information:

Salazar served in the Colorado State House of Representatives. Salazar, the brother of newly elected Senator Ken Salazar, easily won the open-seat race for Colorado's Third Congressional District.


Sen. Ken Salazar, (D-CO)
Began Service in 2005

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Energy and Natural Resources; Finance; Ethics (Select); Special Committee on Aging

Position on SAF Issues:

Salazar is a rising star among centrist Democrats. He has been supportive of AgJOBS and comprehensive immigration reform, and voted with SAF on immigration issues. Although he voted against SBHP's and against proceeding with debate on estate tax repeal, he has said that he will work to find bipartisan solutions to both issues, and is continuing to do so. He has proposed expanding higher education funding and child health care, as well as calling for tax credits for middle-income families to help pay for health insurance.

Previous SAF Contributions:

2006-$1,000, $2,500-2007

Miscellaneous Information:

Salazar comes from a ranching family, and is also a small business owner. As Colorado's former Attorney General, he has considerable experience both as a lawyer and in his long political career on water, environmental, and public lands law.



Rep. Jim Saxton, (R-3rd-NJ)
Began service in 1984.

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services; Natural Resources; Joint Economic Committee (Ranking Member)

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted with SAF on Estate Tax and the AHP Bill, but not Ergonomics.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$90-1985, $90-1986, $90-1987, $390-1988, $500-1989, In-kind $23.50-1990, $500-1990, In-kind $90-1991, $610.25-1991, In-kind $54-1992, In-kind $45-1993, $500-1994, In-kind $75-1994, In-kind $64-1995

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. Saxton has a close friendship with former SAF board member Chip Wright in Cranbury, New Jersey. SAF has developed a good relationship with Saxton's staff.


Rep. Jean Schmidt, (R-2nd-OH)
Began service in 2005.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture; Transportation and Infrastructure

Position on SAF Issues:

Supports eliminating the death tax, alternative minimum tax and capital gains tax. Supports a flat tax. Supports restrictions on immigration. (Would need to be educated on our position).

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2005

Miscellaneous Information:

She won a special election to fill the seat of Rep. Rob Portman (R-2-OH) who was appointed to be the U.S. Trade Representative. She defeated 9 other Republicans in the primary.



Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner Jr., (R-5th-WI)
Began service in 1979.

Committee Assignments:

Judiciary (Ex Officio of all Subcommittees); Science and Technology; Select Energy Independence and Global Warming (Ranking Member)

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$200-1988, $200-1989

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. Sensenbrenner is known as a strong conservative and very pro-business.


Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-AL)
Began service in 1997

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services; Budget; Energy and Natural Resources; Judiciary

Position on SAF Issues:

Strong supporter of small business issues. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1996-$1,000, 2001-$1,000, 2002-$1,000, $1,000-2007

Miscellaneous Information:

Senator Sessions campaigned on the idea of helping the economy to grow by cutting tax rates. An Eagle Scout and the son of a country store owner, Senator Sessions began as a lawyer. He then served as a chief federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Alabama where he earned his reputation prosecuting drug dealers. SAF member John Smith, Knud Nielsen Co. has established a good rapport with Senator Sessions.



Rep. Pete Sessions, (R-32nd-TX)
Began service in 1997.

Committee Assignments:

Rules

Position on SAF Issues:

A businessman who is very in tune with public policy issues. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1996

Miscellaneous Information:

Sessions has long been an active member of the East Dallas community where he was Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of the YMCA, Treasurer of Rotary, and Chairman of the White Rock Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Sessions comes from the private sector where he worked sixteen years for Southwestern Bell and Bell Labs. Furthermore, he served as Vice President- Public Policy at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA).


Sen. Richard Shelby, (R-AL)
Began service in 1987.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (Ranking Minority Member); Special Committee on Aging

Position on SAF Issues:

As a conservative Southern Democrat, Senator Shelby often voted with Republicans, and switched parties after the 1994 elections to give the GOP a 6-vote edge in the 104th Congress. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1995-$1,000

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF member John Smith, Knud Nielsen Co., has very good ties with Senator Shelby.



Rep. John Shimkus, (R-19th-IL)
Began service in 1997.

Committee Assignments:

Energy and Commerce

Position on SAF Issues:

Very supportive of small business and agriculture concerns. Shimkus's views, particularly on issues dealing with changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, are an asset. Congressman Shimkus was one of the four original cosponsors supporting the bipartisan minimum wage compromise - the Minimum Wage and Tax and Regulatory Relief Bill - which also contained estate tax relief, 100 percent health care deduction for the self-employed, and inside-sales reform legislation. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1996, $500-1999, $1,000-2001, $1,000-2002, $1,000-2004, $500-2005, $1,000-2006, $1,000-2007, $1,000-2007 John S Fund (Rep. Shimkus' Leadership PAC)

Miscellaneous Information:

Wanda Weder, Highland Supply Corporation, has developed excellent ties with Rep. Shimkus.



Rep. Ike Skelton, (D-4th-MO)

Began service in 1977.

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services (Chairman)

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted against high risk occupational disease notification bill and mandated family and medical leave legislation.
Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$300-1988, $300-1989, $500-1990

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. Skelton is a conservative Democrat.


Sen. Arlen Specter, (D-PA)
Began service in 1981.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations- Agriculture Subcommittee; Judiciary (Ranking Minority Member- Ex Officio all subcommittees);
Veterans' Affairs, Special Aging


Position on SAF Issues:

Has sometimes voted against small business because of strong union presence in his state. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics but against Death Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1992-$1,000

Miscellaneous Information:

Pennsylvania is an important floriculture state, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Specter could help our agriculture efforts. SAF should continue to work on developing a close relationship with his office.



Sen. Debbie Stabenow, (D-MI)
Began service in 2001.

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Budget; Finance

Position on SAF Issues:

Supported Inside Sales reform and agriculture and floriculture issues in the House. Voted against removing the ergonomics rule.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1998-$500, 2006-$1,000, $1,000-2008, $2,000-2009

Miscellaneous Information:

SAF member Jim Gaunt, Southview, Inc. has developed a positive relationship with Senator Stabenow when she was in the House. He was successful in educating her about issues such as inside sales reform. Senator Stabenow is a member of the New Democrat Coalition.






Rep. Gene Taylor, (D-4th-MS)
Began service in 1989.

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services; Transportation and Infrastructure

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted against mandated family and medical leave legislation. Generally supportive of SAF views on labor issues.
Voted with SAF on Ergonomics and the AHP Bill, but against Estate Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1991

Miscellaneous Information:



Rep. Lee Terry (R-2nd-NE)
Began service in 1999.

Committee Assignments:

Energy & Commerce

Position on SAF Issues:

Very supportive of SAF positions on small business and agriculture. Ran as "an economic conservative" and holds fiscal issues as his highest priority. Voted with SAF on the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2003

Miscellaneous Information:

As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, SAF needs to establish a better relationship with Terry for support on issues such as methyl bromide, and other environmental issues. His support of, and background in, agriculture will make him an important ally.



Rep. Mike Thompson, (D-1st-CA)

Began service in 1999.

Committee Assignments:

Ways and Means, Select Intelligence

Position on SAF Issues:

AgJOBS cosponsor. Voted to increase minimum wage.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2007, $1,500-2009

Miscellaneous Information:

Rep. Thompson has a brother in the floral industry.


Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
Began service in 2004

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, Armed Services, Commerce, Small Business

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-2009



Rep. Patrick Tiberi, (R-12th-OH)
Began service in 2001.

Committee Assignments:

Budget, Ways and Means

Position on SAF Issues:

Pro-small business. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1999, $1500-2000, $1,000-2001, $1,000-2005, $1,000-2006, $1,000-2007, $1,000-2008, $2,000-2009

Miscellaneous Information:


Tiberi ran for the seat of retiring Rep. John Kasich (R-OH). Tiberi's experience includes the Ohio State House where he was the House Majority Leader. Tiberi has a history of small business support. He has also visited the Walter J. Engel Greenhouses in his district.




Rep. Fred Upton, (R-6th-MI)
Began service in 1987.

Committee Assignments:

Energy and Commerce

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted against high risk occupational disease notification bill and mandated family and medical leave legislation.
Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$300-1988, $250-1989

Miscellaneous Information:

Supports small business issues.




Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-12th-NY)
Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Financial Services; Small Business (Chairman)

Position on SAF Issues:

Representative Velasquez is a liberal Democrat. However, her position as Chairman on the Small Business Committee makes it imperative that SAF establish and maintain a cordial relationship with her. She has been supportive of small businesses, particularly when they are pitted against "big business" in legislative battles - and she is particularly interested in supporting family-owned small businesses. Voted with SAF on the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000- 2002, (In-Kind) $139.54 -2002, $1,000-2004, $500-2005, $1,500-2007

Miscellaneous Information:

She is aware of SAF and our industry, and has actively sought to open a dialogue of communication with SAF. A SAFPAC contribution will help to establish that relationship.



VIEW PAC
Established in 1997 to elect Republican women to the U.S. Congress.

Position on SAF Issues:

Pro-Small Business

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-1997, $1,000-2000, $1,000-2001, $1,000-2002, $1,000-2003, $1,000-2004

Miscellaneous Information:

Benefits of a one-time $1,000 contribution include:
* Monthly events featuring Republican Members of Congress
* Political briefings with an emphasis on GOP women candidates
* Periodic breakfast programs which include substantive legislative and campaign updates.
* Strengthening SAF's relations with individual Members of Congress.
* Providing opportunity to meet more frequently and informally to communicate the views of the floral industry on legislative matters.

Sen. George V. Voinovich, (R-OH)
Began service in 1999.

Committee Assignments:

Environment and Public Works; Foreign Relations; Homeland Security and Government Affairs

Position on SAF Issues:

Pro-Small Business. Voted against the repeal of the Estate Tax in 2000. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1998-$1,000, 2005-$2,500

Miscellaneous Information:

Voinovich is very experienced in politics. Voinovich was the Governor of Ohio. Previously, he has served as Chairman of the National Governors' Association, Mayor of Cleveland, Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, and a member of the Ohio House of Representatives.




Rep. Greg Walden (R-2nd-OR)
Began service in 1999.

Committee Assignments:

Energy and Commerce, Select Energy Independence and Global Warming

Position on SAF Issues:

Although floriculture and nursery are not a strong component in his district, he is well aware of their importance to Oregon's economy, and is a strong supporter of our industry. His chief of staff was instrumental in helping SAF and ANLA successfully pass the Plant Protection Act. Walden also can be counted on to support small business on issues like estate tax repeal and ergonomics. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$500-1999, $1,000-2000

Miscellaneous Information:

Strong Republican district.


Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

Committee Assignments:

Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Budget, Commerce, Science & Transportation; Rules and Administration

Previous SAF Contributions:

2007-$1,000



Sen. Roger F. Wicker, (R-MS)
Began service in 2007.

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services; Commerce, Science and Transportation; Veterans' Affairs

Position on SAF Issues:

As a conservative Republican from Mississippi, supports SAF on most issues. Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$1,000-1995

Miscellaneous Information:

Served in the House from 1995-2007. In 2007 he was appointed to the Senate to replace Sen. Trent Lott.



Rep. Frank Wolf, (R-10th-VA)

Began service in 1981.

Committee Assignments:

Appropriations

Position on SAF Issues:

Voted with SAF on Ergonomics, Estate Tax and the AHP Bill.

Previous SAF Contributions:

$300-1990

Miscellaneous Information:



Rep. Lynn Woolsey, (D-6th-CA)
Began service in 1993.

Committee Assignments:

Education and Labor; Foreign Affairs; Science and Technology

Position on SAF Issues:

Liberal, but willing to listen. Voted against SAF on Ergonomics and Estate Tax.

Previous SAF Contributions:

In-kind $45-1993

Miscellaneous Information:

Sen. Ron Wyden, (D-OR)
Began service in 1997.

Committee Assignments:

Budget; Energy and Natural Resources; Finance; Intelligence (Select); Special Committee on Aging

Position on SAF Issues:

He has been very supportive on our effort to obtain research funding. In addition, he led an effort in the Senate to develop compromise legislation on the migrant worker (agricultural guestworker) issue, which is very valuable to the nursery and floriculture industry. Nursery and floriculture are important in Oregon's economy, so we need to develop and maintain a relationship with Senator Wyden. Voted with SAF on Death Tax but against removing the ergonomics rule.

Previous SAF Contributions:

1998-$2,000, 2002-$1,500

Miscellaneous Information:

Oregon is a comparatively liberal state, and Senator Wyden, to be re-elected, has to maintain a balance on positions. However, cultivating a relationship with him could be very valuable for SAF, because he is interested in acting as a mediator to help resolve the more extreme positions on some issues that are of importance to us. His staff is very open to meeting with us and listening to our concerns.

 

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