Set to be hosted later this month in Washington D.C. by the National Electrical Contractors Association, the 2017 National Legislative Conference has confirmed two Democratic members of Congress – Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA), co-chair of the Blue Collar Caucus and an advocate for labor unions and contractors, will discuss the skilled-trades workforce shortage and how we can combat this issue. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, is well-versed on NECA’s issues and has been a strong advocate for NECA throughout his Congressional career. NECA has also confirmed Rodney Davis (R-Ill.).
NECA’s National Legislative Conference is the premiere legislative conference for electrical contractors to hear about the top issues affecting the industry and meet the leaders who are working to provide real solutions. It will be held April 26-27 at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington.
“NECA has a long tradition of ensuring leading members of Congress are on hand to brief the conference’s participants on the latest happenings on Capitol Hill,” says Marco Giamberardino, NECA’s Executive Director of Government Affairs. “I am excited that Representatives Ryan and Boyle will share their insights with our members.”
NECA has been working throughout the 115th Congress to advocate on behalf of NECA’s legislative agenda and the issues that impact the bottom line of NECA contractors. NECA’s top priorities for 2017 include a wide variety of issues aimed at ensuring the businesses of NECA contractors continue to grow and prosper. These important issues include investing in the nation’s infrastructure, creating new and innovative multiemployer defined benefit pension plans, and comprehensive tax reform.
More about our Speakers:
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
Rep. Ryan is a lifelong Ohioan. Born in Niles, he is serving his eighth term representing the 13th Congressional District. Ryan holds a degree in political science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and a law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
Ryan began his career in politics as a congressional aide with the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995 and served as an intern for the Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office. In 2000, he was elected to serve in the Ohio State Senate, representing the 32nd District. While serving in the Senate, he spearheaded efforts to establish a state-based earned income tax credit and standardize community school data reporting, and he brought college students into the debate over higher education funding.
In 2002, Ryan was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He currently serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee and belongs to several caucuses, including his role co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus. The House Manufacturing Caucus examines and promotes policies to help American manufacturers find trained, educated workers, and continue to lead the world in developing new industrial technologies, operate on a level playing field with their foreign competitors, and obtain the capital they need to thrive. Ryan is a leader in the fight to strengthen America's manufacturing base and reform U.S. trade policies, a relentless advocate for working families, and a champion to revitalize America's cities and infrastructure.
Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA)
Rep. Boyle was born and raised in the Olney neighborhood of Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District. As the son of a janitor and school crossing guard, Boyle was the first in his family to attend college. He went to the University of Notre Dame on an academic scholarship, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in government and completed the Hesburgh Program in Public Service. He later attended graduate school at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He graduated from Harvard in 2005, earning a master's degree in public policy.
Elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2008, Boyle was the first Democrat to represent Pennsylvania's 170th state legislative district, which includes parts of Montgomery County and Philadelphia. In 2014, he was elected to Congress by the citizens of the 13th Congressional District, representing Northeast Philadelphia, part of North Philadelphia, and approximately half of Montgomery County. Since first entering public service, Boyle has served as a champion for working and middle-class families, in particular issues relating to social and economic justice.
Boyle currently serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Budget Committee. In addition to these roles, he acts as the cofounder of the Blue Collar Caucus, a group of more than 30 members of Congress who have focused their efforts on alleviating the economic anxiety felt by working-class Americans that was so pronounced in the 2016 election.
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)
Rodney Davis was recently sworn into his third term in Congress serving the 13th District of Illinois, a 14-county district covering both urban and rural areas of Central and Southwestern Illinois. Prior to being elected, Rodney served as Projects Director for Congressman John Shimkus (IL-15) for 16 years helping Illinois citizens and communities cut through government red tape and secure federal funding.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. NECA’s national office in Bethesda, MD, four regional offices, and 119 local chapters across the country support the electrical contracting industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development. Visit www.necanet.org for more information.