What Surety Professionals and their Clients Need to Know About the November Mid-term elections and the new makeup in the U.S. Congress
Please join our panel discussion where construction industry lobbyists will share their thoughts on the November 2022 Mid-terms elections. Learn what these experts envision might be in store when Congress convenes the first session of the 118th Congress on Jan. 3, 2023.
Confirmed panelists include Dana Thompson, Washington Representative from the Women Construction Owners & Executives, John "JB" Byrd, representing the National Society of Professional Surveyors, Mike Oscar representing the American Subcontractors Association and Jordan Howard representing the Associated General Contractors (AGC).
The session will be moderated by Larry LeClair, NASBP's Director of Government Relations.
Women Construction Owners & Executives
Dana Thompson is the Washington Representative for Women Construction Owner's and Executives.
John "JB" Byrd
Representing National Society of Professional Surveyors, Vice President
Miller/Wenhold Capitol Strategies
"JB" is Vice President with Miller/Wenhold Capitol Strategies specializing in government affairs with 19 years in advocacy, policy, and strategic initiatives. He began working in the Federal policy arena in October 2001 as an aide to a U.S. Senator. In 2005, JB was hired by John M. Palatiello & Associates, a public affairs consulting firm which merged with Miller/Wenhold in 2018. He is the registered federal lobbyist for the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and was the first Government Affairs Manager for MAPPS. JB is also the lead staffer for the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services (COFPAES) since 2005, the Business Coalition for Fair Competition (BCFC) since 2009, the Digital Coast Partnership and Advocacy Coalition since 2012, the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) Coalition since 2014, and the Coalition for the White House Conference on Small Business (WHCSB) since 2015. JB now lobbies for the Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Association, the U.S. Geospatial Executives Organization (USGEO), and the Geospatial Equipment & Technology Institute (GETI).
Government Relations Director
American Subcontractors Association (ASA)
Mike Oscar is the Government Relations Director at the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).
Jordan F. Howard
Director, Federal and Heavy Construction Division
Associated General Contractors of America
Mr. Howard is the Director of the Federal and Heavy Construction Division at the Associated General Contractors of America in Washington, D.C. He received his J.D. from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and earned his B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in English and Political Science from Texas Tech University. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland.
Larry LeClair (Moderator)
Director of Government Relations
Larry is Director of Government Relations at the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) where he assumed that role in January 2010. Prior to joining NASBP, Larry has advocated for policy interests on behalf of trade and professional associations for over 25 years at both the state and federal level, which includes the American Tort Reform Association, the American Institute of CPAs and the North American Securities Administrators Association.
In his role as Director of Government Relations at NASBP, Larry is the chief lobbyist for the association on Capitol Hill representing its interest on issues such as the SBA Bond Guarantee Program, preserving the Federal Miller Act, and educating and engaging members of Congress and their staff concerning the importance of the surety bond product.
Larry received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine and his Masters Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Larry, his wife Barb, and their Welsh Corgi Jack, live in Potomac, MD.
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