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Legacy International is pleased to announce that the following former members of Congress have volunteered to mentor young professionals from Egypt , Tunisia and Libya during the Legislative Fellows Program. Through personal meetings and home hospitality, they share their experience and guide delegates through the U.S. political landscape. They are active with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, and many now work as lawyers, lobbyists and consultants.
Scott Klug (Republican Co-Chair)
Home District: Wisconsin’s 2nd District
Years in Office: 1991-1999 (Four terms)
Committees While in Office: Energy and Commerce
Education: Lawrence University, BA; Journalism, MA, 1976; University of Wisconsin, MBA
Occupation: Public Affairs Director, law firm of Foley & Lardner
Biography: Klug was elected to Congress in 1990, defeating long-term incumbent Robert Kastenmeier. He developed an expertise in health care, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and energy policy. While in Congress, Klug opposed the federal drinking age because of his view that alcohol regulation should be a matter left to individual states. He advocated the revocation of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1998, choosing to focus on his business. He is currently a resident of Madison, Wisconsin. Before his election to Congress, Klug was an Emmy Award-winning television reporter. He was appointed by President Bush to two terms on the President’s Advisory Board on Trade and Policy Negotiations. After Congress, he founded a regional magazine and book publishing company, which he sold in 2007. He has led delegations all over the world. He resides with his wife Tess, and his sons Keefe, Brett, and Collin.
Larry LaRocco (Democratic Co-Chair)
Home District: Idaho’s 1st District
Years in Office: 1991-1995 (Two terms)
Committees While in Office: Banking, Interior
Education: University of Portland, BA; The Stanford University Institute of TV and Radio; Boston University, MS; Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Occupation: Founder of LaRocco and Associates, a law and government relations firm.
Biography: Larry LaRocco served in the U.S. Army after finishing school. In 1975, he became field coordinator for Idaho Senator Frank Church. LaRocco ran for Congress in 1982, but lost to the incumbent, Larry Craig. While running for office, he worked for one week in each of the district’s 19 counties, working on a garbage truck, picking apples, waiting tables, working in a nursing home, etc. He became the vice-president of a brokerage firm in 1983, and ran for the Idaho Legislature, losing to Republican incumbent Jim Risch. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990, winning Idaho’s first congressional district seat. He was reelected in 1992, but was defeated in 1994. He then ran for Lieutenant Governor and lost to Risch again. In 2008, he ran for the U.S. Senate, but again lost to Risch. After serving in Congress, he became the managing director of the American Bankers Association. He also served as president of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress. LaRocco and his wife Chris have two children and two grandchildren.
Ron Sarasin (Republican)
Home District: Connecticut 5th district
Years in Office: 1973-1979 (3 Terms)
Committees While in Office:
Education: He earned his B.S., University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1960. and J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, 1963.
Occupation: President, U.S. Capitol Historical Society
Biography : Sarasin served in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1956. After law school, he served as town counsel in Beacon Falls, Connecticut from 1963 to 1972. He served as assistant professor of law at New Haven College in New Haven, Connecticut from 1963 to 1966. He served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1968 to 1972. He served as assistant minority leader from 1970 to 1972. Sarasin was elected to Congress in 1973 and was reelected twice. He then ran for governor of Connecticut in 1978 but lost. He has served as the president of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society since 2000, a non-profit, non-partisan, educational entity chartered by Congress to enhance and perpetuate the history and heritage of the Capitol, its institutions and the individuals who have served there.
Bill Zeliff (Republican)
Home District: New Hampshire 1st district
Years in Office: 1991-1997 (3 Terms)
Committees While in Office: Governmental Reform, Transportation
Education: He earned his B.S. at the University of Connecticut in 1959
Occupation: Founder at Zeliff Enterprises, Senior Counselor, Former Member of Congress at The Livingston Group
Biography: William “Bill” H. Zeliff, Jr.is a former Republican Member of Congress from New Hampshire, serving from 1990 to 1997, and provides leadership at TLG as a Senior Counselor. Mr. Zeliff engages as a private advocate for client interests before state and federal governments and the business community.
During his congressional tenure, Mr. Zeliff served as Deputy Whip, where he helped create and implement the House agenda. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs and Criminal Justice under the House Government Reform Committee, Mr. Zeliff focused on drug policy and programs, elevating them in the public consciousness and making them a major issue in the 1996 presidential campaign. He was a member of the House Transportation Committee and served with distinction on the Surface Transportation, Water Resources and Aviation subcommittees, as well as serving on the Small Business Committee. Mr. Zeliff authored the “A to Z Budget Cutting Tool” used by members of Congress to encourage fiscal responsibility.
Outside of Congress, he has successfully built and operated three small businesses. In 1988, he won the New Hampshire Restaurant and Lodging Association’s prestigious Innkeeper of the Year award.
Mr. Zeliff, a native of East Orange, NJ, received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut. He served honorably in the Connecticut Army National Guard and afterwards in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Jim Walsh (Republican)
Home District: New York 25th district
Years in Office: 1989-2009 (5 Terms)
Committees While in Office: Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Ranking Member)
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus, Co-Chair of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Ireland
Education: Graduated from St. Bonaventure University
Biography: Jim Walsh, a Representative from New York, was born in Syracuse, N.Y. on June 19, 1947. He received his B.A. from St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, N.Y. in 1970. Walsh served in the United States Peace Corps from 1970-1972. James Walsh was a Social Services caseworker and telephone company executive. He served as Director of the Telecommunication Institute at SUNY (State University of New York) SUNY Utica-Rome and taught telecommunication policy. At the same time, he served on the City Council in Syracuse, N.Y. as a member and President. He was elected as a Republican to the One Hundred First and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1989-January 3, 2009).
Martin Frost (Democrat)
Home District: Texas’s 24th congressional district Years in Office: 1979 to 2005 (13 terms)
Committees While in Office: Rules, Budget, Chair of the Democratic Caucus
Education: He graduated in 1964 with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and history from the University of Missouri. He received a law degree from Georgetown University in 1970.
Occupation: Attorney at the law firm Polsinelli Shughart
Biography: Frost is considered one of the Democratic party’s top strategists. Born in Glendale, California, Frost grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. Before going to law school Frost worked as a newspaper reporter. Following his graduation he worked as a law clerk for Federal Judge Sarah T. Hughes of the Northern District of Texas and began a private practice. Frost was reelected 12 times without serious opposition. He served as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus from 1999 to 2003. However, he was one of the targets of a controversial mid-decade redistricting engineered by then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. His district, which included portions of Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington, was redrawn to be much more Republican. Frost decided to seek re-election in the newly redrawn 32nd District, but lost to Republican Pete Sessions. He was the ranking member of the House Rules Committee during his last term in the House. Legacy International – Legislative Fellows Program: Spring 2012 In Partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress Sponsored by U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Beverly Byron (Democrat)
Home District: Maryland’s 6th district Years in Office: 1979 to 1993 (7 terms)
Committees While in Office:
Education: Hood College
Biography: After winning the election to fill the seat of her late husband, Beverly Byron went on to have a 14-year career in the House of Representatives. As a staunch defender of both military and defense spending, Congresswoman Byron served as one of the more conservative Democrats in Congress.
Representative Beverley Byron earned a reputation as a conservative Democrat who voted for Ronald W. Reagan and George H.W. Bush administration policies, frequently breaking ranks with moderate and liberal Democrats on both fiscal and social issues. Although she often angered fellow Democrats with her conservative agenda, Byron’s party-crossing habit worked well in her right-of-center district. In the 97th Congress (1981–1983), she served on the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee. She held all three assignments until she left Congress in 1993.
Congresswoman Byron’s legislative interests gravitated toward military policy. From 1983 to 1986, she chaired the House Special Panel on Arms Control and Disarm-ament, where she sought to limit the scope of nuclear test ban proposals. During her congressional career, Byron visited numerous military facilities and built a reputation for examining military hardware firsthand during inspections. After Congress, Beverly Byron returned to Frederick, Maryland, and served on the board of directors for a major defense contractor. In 1995, President William J. Clinton appointed her to the Naval Academy Board of Visitors. Four years later, Byron became a member of the Board of Regents for the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.
Jim Slattery (Democrat)
Home District: Kansas 2nd district Years in Office: 1983 to 1995 (6 terms)Committees While in Office: Slattery served on the Energy & Commerce, Veterans’Affairs, Budget, and Banking Committees.
Education: J.D., Washburn University School of Law; B.S., Washburn University, Netherlands School of International Economics & Business
Occupation: Partner at Wiley Rein LLP.
Biography: Mr. Slattery, a six-term U.S. Congressman, was a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee during his entire 12-year tenure in Congress. This Committee has broad jurisdiction over health care, energy, telecommunications and environmental issues like the Clean Air Act and Superfund. He also served on the House Budget Committee and House Financial Services Committee. Mr. Slattery advises clients who have matters pending before Congress, federal agencies and regulatory bodies. He has experience in energy, railroads, health care, insurance, international trade and telecommunications
Barbara Kennelly (Democrat)
Home District: Connecticut – 1st District
Years in Office: 1982-1999 (9 terms)
Committees While in Office: Ways and Means, Committee on Intelligence, Vice Chairman of Democratic Caucus
Education: B.A. from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., a certificate in business administration from Harvard Business School , and an M.A. in government from Trinity College in CT.
Biography: Barbara B. Kennelly has spent 25 years in public service at local, state and federal levels. A former ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Social Security, Mrs. Kennelly was the first woman to serve as Chief Majority Whip and she was Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus. She was also the first woman to serve on the House Committee on Intelligence. Throughout her career, Mrs. Kennelly has advocated for Social Security, Medicare and other health and retirement issues. After leaving Congress, she served as Counselor to the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. Mrs. Kennelly served on the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. In 2006, Mrs. Kennelly was appointed to the Social Security Advisory Board by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Mrs. Kennelly resides in Hartford, Connecticut and Washington, DC.
Nancy Johnson (Republican)
Home District: Connecticut – 5th District
Years in Office: 1983 – 2007 (10 terms)
Committees While in Office: Ways and Means
Education: B.A. from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, attended the Courtland Institute at the University of London
Occupation: Senior Public Policy Advisor at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC in Washington, D.C.
Biography: During her nearly quarter century in the House, Nancy L. Johnson became the first Republican woman to gain a seat on the influential Ways and Means Committee. As the dean of the Connecticut delegation, she eventually served as the highest–ranking woman in the history of that panel. During her first term in the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Johnson served on the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. In her third term, Johnson joined the Budget Committee. In 1988, Johnson became the first Republican woman ever named to the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Eventually she rose to chair three subcommittees on Ways and Means: Oversight (1995–1999), Human Resources (1999–2001), and Health (2001–2005). During the 104th Congress, Johnson served as chair of the House Ethics Committee (officially known as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct), one of just a handful of women in congressional history to chair a full committee. Johnson now applies this expertise gained in her tenure in Congress in her position as Senior Public Policy Advisor at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, and has been recognized frequently for her leadership on such disparate issues as manufacturing, health policy, fair tax and trade policy, child and family issues and the environment.
Jim Kolbe (Republican)
Home District: Arizona – 8th District
Years in Office: 1985 – 2007 (11 terms)
Committees While in Office: Appropriations
Education: B.A. from Northwestern University and MBA from Stanford University, with a concentration in Economics. Kolbe also served as a Senate Page for Barry Goldwater.
Occupation: Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Senior Advisor to Kissenger McLarty Associates.
Biography: For 22 years, Jim Kolbe served in the United States House of Representatives, elected for eleven consecutive terms, from 1985 to 2007. He represented the Eighth (previously designated the Fifth) congressional district, comprising the southeastern part of Arizona with Tucson as the main population area. While in Congress, Jim served for 20 years on the Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives, responsible for deciding the allocation of the budget and the terms for spending appropriated funds. He was chairman of the Treasury, Post Office and Related Agencies subcommittee for four years, and for the last six years in Congress, he chaired the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Agencies subcommittee.
In his current roles, he advises on trade matters as well as issues of efficacy of US assistance to foreign countries, on U.S.-EU relationships, and on migration and its relationship to development. At the German Marshall Fund he is co-chair of the Transatlantic Taskforce on Development.
Recently, President Obama appointed him to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, where he provides policy advice on trade matters. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Freedom House and serves as a strategic consultant to the Council on Foreign Relations.
Phillip English (Republican)
Home District: Pennsylvania – 3rd District
Years in Office: 1995 – 2003 (7 terms)
Committees While in Office: Ways and Means
Education: B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania
Occupation: Senior Government Relations Advisor at Arent Fox in Washington, D.C.
Biography: English began his political career as Erie City Controller, and later served as Chief of Staff for then State Senator Melissa Hart, before being elected to the House of Representatives. English was nominated to the Ways and Means committee in his first term, the first freshman Republican to be appointed to the committee since 1975. He served as the ranking member on the Subcommittee of Select Revenue Measures in the 110th Congress. He developed expertise in the areas of healthcare, energy, tax and trade policy. English served on the Joint Economic Committee, a member of the President’s Export Council, served as Congressional Representative to the WTO Ministerial Meetings, and Advisor to the OECD Congressional Leadership group. He was the co-founder of the Congressional Real Estate Caucus and co-chair of the Congressional Service Industries Caucus.
In addition to his position as Senior Government Relations Advisor, he also serves as co-chair of Government Relations Practice at Arent Fox, and as National Coordinator at the Healthcare Group Purchasing Industry Initiative.
David Skaggs (Democrat)
Home District: Colorado – 2nd District
Years in Office: 1987 – 1999 (6 terms)
Committees While in Office: Science, Space & Technology, Public Works & Transportation, Appropriations, and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Education: B.A. from Wesleyan University and LL.B. from Yale University
Occupation: Senior Strategic Advisor and Independent Consultant at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Denver, Colorado.
Biography: Skaggs served three terms in the Colorado House of Representatives, before being elected and serving six terms in the US House of Representatives. Skaggs worked to promote “civility in politics”, and co-founded the House Bi-Partisan Retreat. He was also the co-founder of the Constitutional Forum, a seminar series focused on constitutional issues, and served as chairman of the Democratic Study Group.
Skaggs served in the cabinet of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. He was also the Governor’s appointee to chair the Colorado Higher Education Competitive Research Authority and as a Commissioner on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Prior to joining the Ritter administration, Congressman Skaggs was Executive Director of the Center for Democracy & Citizenship at the Council for Excellence in Government, which worked to strengthen American representative democracy through several projects and activities, including the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, the Congress to Campus Program, the Campaign for Young Voters, redistricting reform and lobbying reform.
In 2005 he co-chaired the War Powers Initiative, a bi-partisan project of the Constitution Project to re-examine the respective prerogatives and responsibilities of the three branches in addressing questions about the use of military force. He has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado.
In addition to his current position, Skaggs serves as Chair of the Board of the US House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics and as a member of the US Public Interest Declassification Board.
Occupation: President of Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative
Education: B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in American History from Johns Hopkins University, J.D. from Columbia Law School
Biography: DeMarco is the President of the Maryland Citizen’s Health Initiative, a coalition of over 1000 organizations seeking to insure quality, affordable health care for all Marylanders. The Initiative was the lead organization working for the Governor’s Working Families and Small Business Health Care Coverage Act of 2007 which expanded health care to over 100,000 uninsured Marylanders. He is also the National Coordinator of Faith United Against Tobacco, a coalition of national faith groups that helped to enact the landmark 2009 law that authorizes the FDA to regulate tobacco products.
DeMarco is the National Coordinator of Faith United Against Tobacco, which works to mobilize faith leaders nationwide to reduce smoking. He is also involved with Faiths United to Prevent Childhood Obesity, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, and Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence. He has been a strong advocate against gun violence: as Director of Community Outreach for Handgun Control, Inc., he created a coalition of over 100 national organizations to defeat the gun lobby’s effort to repeal the national assault weapons ban, and later built a Maryland coalition of over 160 organizations which lobbied successfully for several life-saving gun violence prevention laws.
Additionally, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His work is the subject of a book by national advocacy leader Michael Pertschuk entitled “The DeMarco Factor: Transforming Public Will Into Political Power”, published by Vanderbilt University Press and the American Public Health Association.
Occupation: Founder of The Rumsfeld Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Education: A.B. from Princeton University
Biography: After serving in the US Navy, Rumsfeld’s political career began in earnest when he was elected to the House of Representatives for the Illinois 13th District and served four terms. He then resigned from Congress to serve the Nixon administration in a variety of positions, including as director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, and Counselor to President Nixon. His long illustrious career consists of the positions of Ambassador and Permanent representative to NATO, White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of Defense in the Ford Administration, Member of the General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and national security advisor to the Reagan Administration, Special Presidential Ambassador to the Middle East, and Secretary of Defense in the Cabinet of George W. Bush.
Rumsfeld established The Rumsfeld Foundation in 2007, whose mission is to “support military charities, reward leadership and public service at home, and encourage the growth of free political and free economic systems abroad,” with a commitment to “promoting self-sufficiency and dignity, liberty, and leadership.”
The Livingston Group
About: The Livingston Group is a bipartisan government relations firm in Washington, DC, The Livingston Group, L.L.C. (TLG), founded in March 1999, provides comprehensive government relations, public affairs, advocacy, and strategic communications services. TLG features six Democratic and Republican former Members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, staff of governors, state representatives, and corporate executives. The firm has an extensive network of over 60 principals and consultants in the U.S., as well as 14 international affiliates. Founding partner Bob Livingston, the only practicing former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, created a unique model for government relations services by assembling a diverse and experienced talent pool. “We ensure through direct engagement by our partners that our nine practice areas provide integrated, multi-disciplined, global services to address all of our current and potential clients’ needs.”
Occupation: Consultant at The Livingston Group, Washington, D.C.
Education: Graduate degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota; J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law; M.A. in International Affairs from Georgetown University; a graduate degree from the Advanced Management program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School.
Biography: Mark Lindsay served on President Obama’s Transition Team and in President Clinton’s White House as Assistant to the President for the Office of Management and Administration. His areas of responsibility included the White House Military Office, which managed Air Force One, The White House Communications Agency, the Medical Unit and Camp David; running the White House Operations; and the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Administration, which was responsible for finance, information systems, human resources, legal/appropriations and security. Mr. Lindsay’s office was responsible for the logistics of all domestic and international Presidential travel and special air missions. President Clinton selected Mr. Lindsay to be the operational lead for the White House’s 2001 transition preparation and execution.
Prior to his appointment to the White House, Mr. Lindsay served as senior legislative aid and counsel to Congressman Louis Stokes (D-OH). He worked closely with Democrats and the Congressional Black Caucus on a number of business and economic issues.
Mr. Lindsay was a member of Senator Hillary Clinton’s Minnesota Finance Committee for her 2008 Presidential campaign.
Before joining The Livingston Group, Mr. Lindsay was with UnitedHealth Group, one of the world’s largest healthcare companies, where he held a number of senior positions including President of the AARP Pharmacy Services Division and Vice President of Public Communications and Strategy.
Occupation: Client Services and Government Relations Support at The Livingston Group, Washington, D.C.
Education: B.A. in English, International Affairs from Penn State University, M.A. in National Security Affairs from Institute of World Politics
Biography: In her current position at The Livingston Group, Karedis supports client services in government relations, strategic communications, public affairs, and advocacy. She has experience working with International, Federal, State and Local institutions to provide solutions for clients including the White House, Senate, House of Representatives, Federal Agencies such as the Department of State, International Embassies, Think Tanks, non-profit institutions, academic institutions and associations. She speaks Arabic, Greek and Spanish.
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