Featured Speakers at the 2016 NACo Legislative Conference

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    Featured Speakers at the 2016 NACo Legislative Conference

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    Hon. Mitch McConnell

    U.S. Senate Majority Leader

    Mitch McConnell was unanimously elected Majority Leader by his Republican colleagues in 2014 and is only the second Kentuckian ever to serve in this position. First elected to the Senate in 1984, McConnell is Kentucky’s longest-serving senator. He serves as a senior member of the Appropriations, Agriculture and Rules Committees. He has earned praise from numerous media outlets for his work as Senate Majority Leader, and in 2015, TIME Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

    Hon. John McCain

    U.S. Senator

    John McCain entered the Naval Academy in June of 1954. He served in the United States Navy until 1981. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and elected to the United States Senate in 1986. He was the Republican Party’s nominee for president in the 2008 election. He currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

    Hon. Anthony Foxx

    U.S. Secretary of Transportation

    Secretary Foxx leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime and surface transportation. His primary goal is to ensure that America maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world. Foxx joined the U.S. Department of Transportation after serving as the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina from 2009 to 2013.

    Hon. John B. King, Jr.

    Acting U.S. Secretary of Education

    John B. King, Jr. is the Acting Secretary of Education. Before becoming Acting Secretary, Dr. King oversaw all preschool-through-12th-grade education policies, programs and strategic initiatives as the Department’s Principal Senior Advisor.

    King joined ED after serving at the helm of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) from 2011 to 2015. Prior to NYSED, King was a Managing Director with Uncommon Schools, a nonprofit organization managing high performing urban public schools in N.Y., Mass. and N.J. He also co-founded and led the nationally recognized Roxbury Preparatory Charter School in Boston.

    Hon. Tom Vilsack

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

    Secretary Tom Vilsack serves as the Nation's 30th Secretary of Agriculture. As leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Vilsack is working to strengthen the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for the tremendous innovation of rural America.

    In more than seven years at the Department, Vilsack has worked to implement President Obama's agenda to put Americans back to work and create an economy built to last. He has made civil rights a top priority, reaching historic resolutions to all major past cases of discrimination brought against USDA by minority groups, and taking definitive action to move USDA into a new era as a model employer and premier service provider.

    Hon. Jerry Abramson

    Director, White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

    Mr. Abramson currently serves as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. In this role, he oversees the Obama administration’s domestic agenda with state, city, county, and tribal elected officials across the country.

    Michael Botticelli

    Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

    Mr. Botticelli leads the Obama Administration’s drug policy efforts, which are based on a balanced public health and public safety approach.

    Dr. France A. Córdova

    Director, National Science Foundation

    France A. Córdova leads the only government science agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

    Chris Wallace – Feb. 22

    Award-Winning Veteran Journalist & Host of Fox News Sunday

    Chris Wallace is the anchor of Fox News Sunday. He also plays a major role in Fox News Channel's America's Election HQ coverage. This summer, he was a moderator of the Fox News Republican Presidential Debate that drew an audience of 24 million viewers. Throughout his career, Wallace has worked with Fox News, ABC News and NBC News and has won every major broadcast news award for his reporting.

    Ron Brownstein – Feb. 23

    Political Director, Atlantic Media Company
    Editorial Director and Columnist, National Journal
    Senior Political and Election Analyst for CNN

    Twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Ron Brownstein has been cited for "the clarity, consistency and quality of his political reporting." He produces sharp analysis on politics, policy, the electorate, media, healthcare and the range of issues informed by his strong sense of American political and national history. He appears regularly in The Atlantic and pens a bi-weekly column in National Journal and the Los Angeles Times.

    The Capitol Steps – Feb. 22

    The Capitol Steps, a Washington D.C.-based comedy troupe that began as a group of Senate staffers, will present a brief show based on songs from their current album “Mock the Vote.”

    They have been a D.C. institution for more than 30 years, providing a unique blend of musical and political comedy to our nation’s capital and beyond. They have appeared on “The Today Show,” “Nightline,” “CBS Evening News” and in specials for National Public Radio.

    Register now for the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2016 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.—Feb. 20-24, 2016. Your voice is needed in Washington, D.C.

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    Register now for the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2016 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.—Feb. 20-24, 2016. Your voice is needed in Washington, D.C.

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