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Francisco Sanchez

Eric Zarnikow
Francisco J. Sánchez was appointed by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United State Senate to serve as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As Under Secretary, Sánchez leads the International Trade Administration which assists in the development of U.S. trade policy in the global economy; creates jobs and economic growth by promoting U.S. companies; strengthens American competitiveness across all industries; addresses market access and compliance issues; administers U.S. trade laws; and undertakes a range of trade promotion and trade advocacy efforts. As a senior policy advisor to President Obama during the 2008 campaign, Sánchez served as the Chairman of the National Hispanic Leadership Council and also provided policy support on issues pertaining to Latin America. Sánchez now brings his wide range of experience in both federal and state government as well as in the private sector to his leadership position at ITA. Sánchez served as the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation during the Clinton administration, where he developed aviation policy and oversaw international negotiations. Sánchez had previously served in the White House as a Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Special Envoy to the Americas, Kenneth MacKay, where he focused on economic integration and democracy issues throughout the Western Hemisphere. He began his career in government working as Director of Florida’s Caribbean Basin Initiative Program for then-Governor Bob Graham. In addition to his public service, Sánchez spent more than 15 years working with several leading consulting companies on projects involving negotiation strategy, alliance management, labor-management negotiations, litigation settlement, facilitation, and training, most recently as a partner with CMPartners. Among his private-sector achievements, Sánchez directed a team in Medellín, Colombia, as part of the “Teaching Tolerance” program, an initiative designed to break the cycle of violence then threatening the country. Sánchez also served as a consultant to the President of Ecuador in negotiations that led to the resolution of a long-running border dispute with Peru. He began his career in complex negotiations as an attorney, specializing in corporate and administrative law at Steel, Hector, and Davis in Miami, Florida. Sánchez was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine and also one of the top Hispanics nationwide by Poder Magazine. Sánchez is on the board of directors for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). He has served on the Boards of numerous civic and community organizations including the Tampa Chamber of Commerce. He has been awarded the National Point of Light Award and the Governor’s Point of Light Award for Outstanding Community Service. In 2010, he was named to the National Hall of Fame for the Boys and Girls Club of America. A native of Florida, Sánchez obtained his B.A. and J.D. from Florida State University. He also received a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Sánchez has published articles and taught negotiation and conflict resolution at the Program of Instruction at Harvard Law School as well as other institutions.

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John C. Fortier

Eric Zarnikow
John Fortier is the principal contributor to the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and executive director of the Continuity of Government Commission. A political scientist who has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Delaware, Boston College, and Harvard University, Mr. Fortier has written numerous scholarly and popular articles. His books include Second-Term Blues: How George W. Bush Has Governed (Brookings Institution Press, 2007); Absentee and Early Voting: Trends, Promises, and Perils (AEI Press, 2006); and After the People Vote: A Guide to the Electoral College (AEI Press, 2004). Mr. Fortier writes a column for Politico and is a frequent radio and television commentator on the presidency, Congress, and elections.

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Kevin Brady

Eric Zarnikow
Kevin Brady considers it an honor to be representing the 8th District of Texas in the U.S House of Representatives. A pro-family, pro-small business conservative, Kevin’s strong belief in free enterprise guides him as the Senior House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee. A Deputy Whip for the GOP Leadership team, Kevin serves on the House Ways & Means Committee, considered by many to be the most powerful committee in Congress, with jurisdiction over 2/3 of the federal budget including taxes, Social Security, Medicare, international trade and welfare. As the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Trade and a member of the Social Security Subcommittee, Kevin fights for free market solutions to our country’s economic challenges and preservation of the programs that help our seniors. As the White House’s point man in the successful passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, Kevin is excited about the thousands of new jobs that free trade has created here in Texas. Prior to his election in Congress, Kevin worked as a chamber of commerce executive for 18 years and served six years in the Texas House of Representatives where he was a leader on victims’ rights issues and named one of the Ten Best Legislators for Families & Children. In 1994 he was named one of Five Outstanding Young Texans. In order to stay close to the people he represents, Kevin, An original Hometown Hero of The Woodlands is a million mile flyer with Continental Airlines. He chooses to commute to work in Washington each week so he, and his wife, Cathy Patronella Brady, can raise their two sons, Will (12) and Sean (8) in The Woodlands where they attend Saints Simons and Jude Catholic Church. A Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary, Kevin is also a Distinguished Alumni of the University of South Dakota.

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Tom McClintock

Eric Zarnikow
Congressman Tom McClintock was elected in November 2008 to represent the 4th Congressional District in the United States Congress. During 22 years in the California State Legislature, and as a candidate for governor in California’s historic recall election, Tom McClintock has become one of the most recognizable political leaders in California. First elected to the California Assembly at the age of 26, McClintock quickly distinguished himself as an expert in parliamentary procedure and fiscal policy. He served in the Assembly from 1982 to 1992 and again from 1996 to 2000. During these years, he authored California’s current lethal injection death penalty law, spearheaded the campaign to rebate $1.1 billion in tax over-collections to the people of California, and became the driving force in the legislature to abolish the car tax. He has proposed hundreds of specific reforms to streamline state government and reduce state spending. In 2000, McClintock was elected to the California State Senate, where he developed innovative budget solutions such as the Bureaucracy Reduction and Closure Commission and performance-based budgeting, and advocated for restoring California’s public works. From 1992-1994, McClintock served as Director of the Center for the California Taxpayer, a project of the National Tax Limitation Foundation. In 1995, he was named Director of Economic and Regulatory Affairs for the Claremont Institute’s Golden State Center for Policy Studies, a position he held until his return to the Assembly in 1996. In that capacity, he wrote and lectured extensively on state fiscal policy, privatization, bureaucratic reform and governmental streamlining. McClintock’s commentaries on California public policy have appeared in every major newspaper in California and he is a frequent guest on radio and television broadcasts across the nation. Numerous taxpayer associations have honored him for his leadership on state budget issues. McClintock has twice received the Republican nomination for the office of State Controller, narrowly missing election in 2002 by the closest margin in California history – 23/100ths of one percent of the votes cast. Congressman McClintock serves in Congress on the Natural Resources Committee and on the Education and Labor Committee. For the Natural Resources Committee he is the lead Republican on the Subcommittee on Water and Power, and he is also a member of the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee. For the Education and Labor Committee he is a member of the Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee and he also serves on the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee. Tom McClintock and his wife, Lori, have two children, Justin and Shannah.

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Ken Spain

Eric Zarnikow
As communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), Spain attempts to craft winning messages for Republican candidates throughout the country. The NRCC’s goal is to elect or re-elect Republicans to the House. Spain, who worked on Republican congressional campaigns as well as on the 2004 George W. Bush re-election campaign, collaborates with Republican candidates, incumbents and House leadership to engage in message battles at the local and national levels. “We build overarching narratives by working with the House Republican leadership, fight the national message war, and put Democrats on the defensive,” Spain said in an email. Interview with WhoRunsGov.com, July 8, 2009(1)Interview with WhoRunsGov.com, July 8, 2009 He and his team often target vulnerable Democrats by broadcasting the Republican message through local newspapers, TV stations and blogs. Spain believes communications professionals and the public officials they serve should heed a bit of wisdom from Abraham Lincoln’s 1858 debate with Stephen Douglas: "Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed." Interview with WhoRunsGov.com, July 8, 2009(1) Eight years of political/communications experience including managing an aggressive 10-person communications shop. Helped some of the country’s highest profile congressional campaigns with communications challenges, messaging advice and media training. Also worked in concert with the House Republican leadership to craft winning messages and build national narratives. Has appeared on FOX News, CNN, National Public Radio and been quoted in national news publications such the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico, and the Washington Post.

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John G. Carlson

Eric Zarnikow
Mr. Carlson has more than thirty years of domestic and international experience in full-time and consulting-based service to the government and private industry. The White House Assistant Press Secretary under President Nixon and Deputy Press Secretary under President Ford, Mr. Carlson was an integral part of the team that established diplomatic relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. Subsequent to his White House service, he has held key positions with Fortune 500 companies, including Summa Corporation (Howard Hughes conglomerate) and Kilroy Realty, and a variety of mid-sized and multinational corporations in the areas of management and administration, domestic and international marketing and sales, with emphasis on Asia and Latin America. Serving as Assistant Press Secretary to President Richard Nixon and Deputy Press Secretary to President Gerald Ford, Mr. Carlson played a critical operational role while in the White House in the normalization of U.S.-China relations and the stabilization of U.S. foreign policy in Asia in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. His duties included briefing the White House Press Corps on a daily basis, traveling with and attending virtually all major meetings in the U.S. with the President and handling major preparation work for the President’s press conferences. Mr. Carlson also worked with George H. W. Bush when he served as the U.S. representative to China during the Nixon and Ford administrations. After his White House government service, he stayed involved in furthering U.S. government-based business relations with China and in Vietnam. In addition, he has extensive ties in the Western Pacific to include the Islands of Guam, Saipan, Palau and Hawaii. In the mid 1990s, Mr. Carlson returned for a time to national government service by serving first as the Campaign Manager for the successful bid of Jack Metcalf (Republican, Washington State) to the U.S. Congress and then by serving as Metcalf’s Chief of Staff in Washington, D.C. In this role he was the Congressman’s key strategist and handled a variety of government and commercial matters from issues affecting The Boeing Company to Indian Gaming. Among his positions in senior management, Mr. Carlson created and implemented a strategy for all governmental relations at the international, federal, state and local levels for Texas Air Corporation as its Vice President of Corporate Relations. In this role, his accomplishments included leading the start-up of New York Air and managing White House approval of Texas Air’s acquisition of Continental Airlines. Prior to joining Texas Air Corp., Mr. Carlson was Regional Vice President for Hughes Airwest, where he increased sales and cut costs for the Northwest region, which encompassed over one-quarter of the airline, with 1000 employees, 14 cities and more than $110 million in annual revenues. With Kilroy Industries, John served as the company’s Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Affairs for Kilroy’s extensive real estate holdings and new developments. He also initiated and managed Kilroy’s exploratory market investigations into China in the mid 1980s. A native of Washington State, John received his BA in Business Administration from Washington State University (Pullman) and attended the University of Washington (Seattle) for his MBA. He served as a Lieutenant in the US military where he was an Army Airborne Ranger and led a 200-man unit as its Company Commander.

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Chief James Billie

Eric Zarnikow
Seminole Chief James Billie, Founder and Champion of Indian Casino Gambling, to Announce his Candidacy for Seminole Chief on Truth for America

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Jason Chaffetz

Eric Zarnikow
On November 4, 2008, Jason Chaffetz was elected by a 37-point margin to represent Utah’s Third Congressional District. He distinguished himself by building a grass roots campaign organization rooted in principle and with a demonstrated commitment to fiscal discipline. To secure the Republican nomination, Mr. Chaffetz unseated a 12-year incumbent by a 20 point margin, and did so with no paid staff, no polling, no free meals for potential voters, no campaign office, and a refusal to go into debt to finance the campaign. Despite being outspent by over $600,000, Mr Chaffetz’s approach to conservative principles resonated with voters and resulted in an unprecedented victory. Mr. Chaffetz comes to Congress with a 16-year history in the local business community, executive branch experience in Utah State government, a reputation for running strong political campaigns, and a distinguished college football career. Mr. Chaffetz, who grew up in California, Arizona, and Colorado, was invited to Utah in the mid-1980s by the legendary BYU football coach LaVell Edwards to be a placekicker. His years at BYU literally transformed his life. After a successful football career that included two years as the starting placekicker and two school records, Mr. Chaffetz earned a degree in communications and married Julie Johnson of Mesa, Arizona. In February 2009, Mr. and Mrs. Chaffetz will celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary. In 1995, Mr. Chaffetz’s mother passed away after a long fight with cancer. Consequently, he was deeply touched by the overwhelming generosity of the Utah-based Huntsman family in fighting the disease that killed his mother. Their commitment was more than words as they personally donated hundreds of millions of dollars to research and treat cancer. Upon reading an article about Jon Huntsman, Jr. potentially running for Governor of Utah, Mr. Chaffetz sought to meet the man who had given so much to fight cancer. Through a mutual friend, a meeting was set up and Mr. Chaffetz eventually joined the Huntsman for Governor staff. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Chaffetz was named Campaign Manager. In a crowded field of contenders, Huntsman triumphed by running a well-organized, positive campaign and became Utah’s 16th Governor. The Governor invited Mr. Chaffetz to continue working with him as his Chief of Staff.

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Terry Moe, Senior Fellow at Hoover Institution

Eric Zarnikow
Terry M. Moe is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of the Institution's Koret Task Force on K–12 education, and the William Bennett Munro Professor of political science at Stanford University. He is an expert on educational policy, U.S. political institutions, and organization theory. His current research projects are concerned with school choice, public bureaucracy, and the presidency. Moe has written extensively on educational issues. His book (with John E. Chubb), Politics, Markets, and America's Schools, is among the most influential and controversial works on education to be published during the last decade, and has been a major force in the movement for school choice in America and abroad. In Liberating Learning:Technology, Politics, and the Future of America (Jossey Bass, 2009) Moe and John E. Chubb map out a dynamic vision of the nation's educational future, showing how the ideas and innovations of technology will ultimately transform the public schools to the great benefit of the nation and its children. For more information, visit the Liberating Learning website. He is also the author of Schools, Vouchers, and the American Public, the first detailed analysis of public opinion on the voucher issue. In addition, he is editor of A Primer on America's Schools (Hoover Institution Press, 2001), which provides a critical assessment of the current state of American education, and Private Vouchers (Hoover Institution Press, 1995), the first book to be published on the growing movement among private-sector foundations to provide vouchers for low-income children. More generally, Moe has written extensively on public bureaucracy and the presidency, and he is a leading figure in both fields. His influential articles on bureaucracy include "The New Economics of Organization," "The Politics of Bureaucratic Structure," "Political Institutions: The Neglected Side of the Story," and "The Institutional Foundations of Democratic Government: A Comparison of Presidential and Parliamentary Systems." Among his articles on the presidency are "The Politicized Presidency," "Presidents, Institutions, and Theory," and "The President and the Bureaucracy: The Presidential Advantage." In 2005, Moe received the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation Prize for Excellence in Education. In addition to his positions at Stanford and Hoover, Moe has served as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C.

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Brookings Institution's Bill Antholis

Eric Zarnikow
William J. Antholis, Managing Director of The Brookings Institution. In that capacity, he works directly with Brooking's president and vice presidents to help manage the full range of political studies, develop new initiatives, coordinate research across programs, strengthen the policy impact of Brookings research, and ensure the quality and independence of that research.

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