2013 CONGRESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD DINNER
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ABOUT SENATOR MARK BEGICH
Senator Mark Begich
Senator Mark Begich is in his third year representing Alaska in the U.S. Senate, where his primary focus is building a strong Alaska economy.
Already in his short time in the Senate, Senator Begich has risen to key positions for Alaska. He was recently named to the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, where he will have a hands-on role in needed spending cuts while ensuring Alaska’s interests are not forgotten. He was also named to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee for the 113th Congress, which is another key posting with jurisdiction over the intersection between the federal government and America’s indigenous people. Alaska priorities like subsistence rights, full funding of the Indian Health Service and reimbursement for contract support costs will be key priorities.
Click here to read Senator Begich's full biography.
ABOUT CONGRESSMAN FRED UPTON
Congressman Fred Upton
Congressman Fred Upton is proud to represent the commonsense values of southwest Michigan. In 2010, Congressman Upton was selected by his House colleagues to serve as chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction over matters concerning energy, healthcare, the environment, telecommunications, commerce, manufacturing and trade, as well as oversight and investigations.
Prior to his election to Congress, Upton worked for President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). While at OMB, he learned from President Reagan’s example that it does not matter who gets the credit, as long as the job gets done.
Congressman Upton has a well-earned reputation for getting things done in Washington and at home in southwest Michigan. The South Bend Tribune writes that Upton “attacks government spending and wants tax cuts retained and the budget balanced.” Upton’s hometown paper, The Herald Palladium, praises him as someone who has “consistently fought against out-of-control spending and bigger government” and has “always treated constituent services as a vital part of his job.”
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ABOUT JACK GERARD
Jack N. Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute (API)
Jack N. Gerard is president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, the national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry.
Gerard has led API since November 2008, expanding its membership and influence in all 50 states and globally, adding offices in Dubai and Singapore to its operations in Beijing, enabling API to better inform the public and policymakers on important energy issues. API's Washington presence is the foundation for the oil and natural gas industry's advocacy and outreach at state, federal and global levels on public policy, standards and certification programs, and as the source for information on industry best practices.
Gerard is recognized by numerous publications and his peers as one of Washington's most influential advocates. Washington Life magazine named him one of the city's "Power 100" and a Fortune magazine profile said Gerard's effort to build a 50-state advocacy network for the oil and natural gas industry was "showing signs of success" through its outreach to workers and non-traditional allies.
Click here to read President Gerard's full biography.