Senator Ben Sasse was elected in a landslide victory in November 2014. He has been appointed to serve on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; the Joint Economic Committee; and the Special Committee on Aging.
A historian by training, Senator Sasse comes to the Senate having spent the last five years as a college president. When he was recruited to take over the failing Midland University, the senator was just 37 years old, making him one of the youngest college presidents in the nation. The 130-year-old Lutheran college was on the verge of bankruptcy when he arrived, but became one of the fastest-growing higher education institutions in the country by the time of his departure.
The senator also worked previously in Washington at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice, as well as on Capitol Hill as Chief of Staff for Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE).
Most of Senator Sasse’s career has been spent guiding companies and institutions through times of crisis. He has worked with the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey and Company, as well as private equity firms and not-for-profit organizations, to tackle failing strategies across a broad array of sectors and nations.
Senator Sasse recently joined DDF for a brief conversation that was cut short by votes. He said he was so “nerdily interested in learning from [DDF member companies],” that he has already scheduled a follow up lunch for October 7, 2015.
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock was elected in November 2014 to represent Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, which includes Loudoun County, Clarke County, Frederick County, and parts of Fairfax County and Prince William County, as well as the Cities of Winchester, Manassas Park, and Manassas City.
The congresswoman currently serves on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, where she was appointed Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology. She is also a member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and the House Administration Committee.
From 2010 to 2015, Congresswoman Comstock served in the Virginia House of Delegates. While in Richmond, she served as Chairwoman of the Science and Technology Committee and also sat on the Commerce & Labor Committee and the Transportation Committee.
Congresswoman Comstock recently sat down with DDF to begin a dialogue on issues of importance to industry and the congresswoman’s Northern Virginia district.
Congressman Kevin Brady holds several key leadership posts in the 114th Congress, including Deputy Whip and Vice Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee. He is also a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee, where he serves as chairman of the Health Subcommittee and is also a member of the Trade Subcommittee and the Social Security Subcommittee.
Until 2013, Congressman Brady was the leader of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, and he led the successful effort to pass new trade agreements with Panama, South Korea and Colombia. He also served as the White House point man on the successful passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
Known as “Mr. Trade” to many on the Hill, Congressman Brady discussed details of the trade negotiations with DDF in addition to sharing his thoughts on tax reform and healthcare.
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