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Chairman's Challenge

2018 Government Affairs Committee Chairman’s Challenge

Contest timeline: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Our inaugural Chairman’s Challenge was a great success, with 33 Congressional site visits during 2014. 2015 had an even greater impact on our grassroots efforts, with 57 Congressional site visits, and 2016 brought the most success so far, with 96 in-district visits.

The site visits either created or expanded on our members’ relationships with Members of Congress. It gave our members an opportunity to discuss NECA’s policy positions and showed Members of Congress first-hand how these issues impact the electrical construction industry.

Thank you all for your participation in this program and for expanding NECA’s grassroots efforts across the country.

The Challenge:

In order to increase member involvement in NECA Government Affairs, we encourage all NECA Chapters to participate in the following areas to earn points for your chapter:

  • Congressional visits at a member’s company, jobsite, or NECA Chapter office—5 Points/visit
  • Respond to a NECA Action Alert by writing a letter to your Member of Congress—1 Point/letter
  • Attend the NECA Legislative Conference in Washington, DC—3 Points/attendee

For Congressional visits, be sure to have a picture taken with the Member of Congress so we can announce your meeting in our weekly newsletter.

The chapter who has the most points by December 31, 2018 will win the Chairman’s Challenge.

The Prize:

One free registration to the 2019 NECA Legislative Conference and a special award to be presented at the Association Executive Institute (AEI) Meeting.

The Bonus: 

For NECA chapters striving to reach 50 percent member participation for their NECAPAC goal we will allow your Chairman’s Challenge points to count for up to half of your participation goal. For example, if you have 100 members and your participation goal is 50, no more than 25 Chairman’s Challenge points can be attributed to your NECAPAC participation goal.

All participants and the winner will be recognized during the 2019 NECA Legislative Conference.

Recognition will include:

  • Announcement of all participants
  • Slideshow of all visits
  • Award presentation to winning chapter at AEI.

NECA will announce all visits as they occur throughout the year in the Chairman’s Challenge section of the weekly Government Affairs Update. Visit necanet.org/ChairmanChallenge for updates »

We look forward to another productive year of one-on-one meetings with your Senators and Representatives – right in your own backyard!


See who's already participated:

  • 07/12/2018

    Start Setting Up Your August Recess Congressional Meetings

    180607 Northwest Line with Rep. Suzanne Bonamici 
    Northwest Line Chapter NECA & Rep. Suzanne Bonamici

    Members of the House of Representatives will be home in their districts for the entire month of August. According to the Congressional Management Foundation, ninety-eight percent of Congressional offices value in-district site visits as a way to engage with constituents.

    This is your opportunity to meet with your Representative in the district and discuss NECA’s priority issues. Members of Congress look forward to opportunities to visit constituents at NECA-IBEW Training Centers, jobsites, NECA chapter offices, or company headquarters. Call your local district office and request a meeting at one of these locations.

    180611 NYC with Rep Dan Donovan
    New York City Chapter and Rep. Dan Donovan

    In-district visits are your chance to share your story and talk about the electrical construction industry. Be prepared for your meeting by reading up on the top issues affecting the industry and having information pertaining to your local area to show the impact NECA contractors make in the district. Some important statistics to have on hand include the number of employees you have, or a key project your company completed.

    Don’t forget, each in-district visit will earn your chapter five points in the 2018 Chairman’s Challenge!

    NECA offers a variety of resources to help you have a successful meeting with your Representative. We are here to help you!

    Quick Links:

    Congressional Visit Toolkit »

    Chairman’s Challenge »

    NECA Issue Papers »


  • 07/12/2018

    Chairman’s Challenge:

    Chicago and NE Illinois Chapters Meet Rep. Brad Schneider

    180629 Chicago with Rep. Schneider

    On July 5, Members of NECA’s Chicago and Cook County Chapter and Northeastern Illinois Chapter met with Rep. Brad Schneider in the district. Pictured from left to right are Giuseppe Muzzupappa of the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, Richard Jamerson of Jamerson & Bauwens Electric, Steve Diamond of Malko Communications, Rep. Schneider, David Hardt of Hardt Electric, and Jeff Harger of HLP Systems.

    Puget Sound Meets Candidate Susan Hutchison

    180702 Puget Sound with Susan HuchisonLast week, Candidate for Senate Susan Hutchison visited the NECA Puget Sound Chapter office. Pictured from left to right are Chris Reigelsperger of Puget Sound Chapter NECA, Rick Rothermel of Pacific Coast Electrical Contractors, Susan Hutchison, Marv Nelson of Nelson Electric, and Gloria Ashford of Ashford Electric.


  • 06/28/2018

    Chairman’s Challenge: NYC Chapter Meets Rep. Dan Donovan

    180611 NYC with Rep Dan DonovanBefore the New York Primary election, members of NECA’s NYC Chapter hosted an event for Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) at their chapter office.

    Pictured from left to right: Chapter Executive Edwin Lopez, John Villafane of Eldor Electric, Hal Sokoloff of H&L Electric, Paul Vieira of IDL Communications and Electric, Rep. Dan Donovan, Steve Gianotti of Arcadia Electric, Peter Rescigno of NYC Chapter, Kristine DeNapoli of KND Electrical Contracting, and James Farrell of NECA National Government Affairs.


  • 06/21/2018

    Chairman’s Challenge: Northwest Line Chapter Met with Rep. Bonamici

    180607 Northwest Line with Rep. Suzanne Bonamici

    Rep. Suzanne Bonamici visited VOLTA on June 7, 2018 to gain first-hand knowledge about the IBEW and NECA joint training partnership program. Wilson Construction Vice President Stacy Wilson had a chance to chat with Rep. Bonamici about the partnership’s vital role in preparing future electric utility workers with the skills needed to safely repair and maintain our nation’s powerlines. Rep. Bonamici is pictured addressing a group of students at the training center.


  • 06/14/2018

    Chairman’s Challenge: Quad Cities Chapter Meets Rep. Loebsack

    180604 Quad Cities with Rep. Loebsack

    On June 1, 2018, Members of NECA’s Quad Cities Chapter met with Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) at the NECA Chapter office. The group discussed NECA’s top priority issues and the electrical construction industry. Pictured from left to right are Chapter President Tom Circello, Rep. Loebsack, and Chapter Executive Alan Anderson. 


  • 06/07/2018

    Chairman’s Challenge: NYC Chapter Meets Speaker Ryan and Rep. Faso

    180530 NYC with Faso and Paul RyanOn May 31, members of NECA’s NYC Chapter attended a NECA-hosted event for Rep. John Faso (R-NY), with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) as the special guest.

    Pictured from left to right are Speaker Ryan, Steve Gianotti of Arcadia Electric, and Rep. Faso.

  • 06/07/2018

    Chairman’s Challenge: NYC Chapter Meets Rep. Crowley

    180601 NYC with Rep Joe CrowleyOn June 4, members of NECA’s NYC Chapter met with Rep. Joe Crowley in New York.

    Pictured are Rep. Crowley (left) and Paul Vieira of IDL Communications & Electric, Inc. (right).

  • 05/31/2018

    Chairman’s Challenge: Northern California Chapter Meets Rep. Garamendi

    180505 Northern California Chapter with Rep. Garamendi

    Earlier this month, members of NECA’s Northern California Chapter attended a BBQ event at the home of Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA). Pictured from left to right are Rebecca Anderson of Beci Electric, Rep. Garamendi, and Juanita Mitchell of the Northern California Chapter NECA. 


  • 03/29/2018

    Chairman’s Challenge: Illinois Chapter Meets Rep. Bost

    180328 Illinois Chapter with Rep. Mike BostOn March 28, members of NECA’s Illinois Chapter met with Rep. Mike Bost in the district. Pictured from left to right are Joe Jarvis of Jarvis Electric, Bryan Jarvis of Jarvis Electric, Russ Carmean of Carmean Electric, Bob Snell of Pyramid Electrical Contractors, Terry Buhs of Wegman Electric Company, Rep. Mike Bost, Tom Wissehr of Wissehr Electrical Contractors, Chapter Executive Billy Serbousek, and Larry Glaenzer of Glaenzer Electric.

  • 02/15/2018

    Chairman’s Challenge: Minneapolis Chapter Meets Rep. Emmer

    180214 Minneapolis with Rep EmmerOn February 12, 2018, members of NECA’s Minneapolis Chapter met with Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) in his district. Pictured from left to right are Tony Waters of Parsons Electric, Chapter Executive David Manderson, Rep. Tom Emmer, Gary Thaden, and Nick Kosmides of  OlympiaTech.

  • 02/15/2018

    Chairman’s Challenge: Illinois Chapter Meets Rep. Kinzinger

    180213 Illinois with Rep. Kinzinger

    On February 12, 2018, members of NECA’s Illinois Chapter met with Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) in Bloomington, IL. Pictured from left to right are Jeremy Wilcox of Wilcox Electric, Rep. Kinzinger, and Dan Wilcox of Wilcox Electric.