On April 18, the Joint Center, partnering with INSIGHT America, organized a meeting with U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX).
The House Agriculture Committee has jurisdiction over nutrition, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other food assistance programs. The Committee also oversees entry into the United States of temporary agricultural workers, rural development (e.g., housing loans, water supply, businesses), and several other issues of importance to communities of color.
Chairman Conaway represents the 11th Congressional District in Texas. He also serves as the Deputy Republican Whip, and on the House Armed Services Committee, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Earlier in his career, he worked for George W. Bush as the chief financial officer for Bush Exploration, Inc. (an oil and gas exploration firm), and in 1995 then-Gov. Bush appointed Conaway to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. Chairman Conaway is currently serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Meeting participants included:
Corporation for Enterprise Development Senior Policy Manager Joanna Ain
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Interim President & CEO Cristina Antelo
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Senior Counsel Emily Chatterjee
House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway
CSX Director of Federal Affairs Garrick Francis
Renewable Fuels Association General Counsel Ed Hubbard
NALEO Senior Policy Analyst Erin Hustings
Dezenhall Resources, Ltd. Senior Director Sam Jefferies
National Council of Asian Pacific Americans National Director Christopher Kang
Jack Kemp Foundation President Jimmy Kemp
APAICS President & CEO Floyd Mori
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies President Spencer Overton
Urban Institute Senior Fellow Caroline Ratcliff
INSIGHT America Co-Founder Elroy Sailor
Citigroup Managing Director Federal Government Affairs Paul Thornell
Koch Companies Foundation Director Jona VanDeun
Click here for photos from the event.
Previous breakfasts have been held with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.