On October 15-17, I joined thirty-one North Texas business and civic leaders and traveled to our nation’s Capitol for North Texas Commission’s (NTC) Inaugural Advocacy Trip. The group’s objective was to meet with lawmakers, administration and agency heads to advocate for business issues facing our region and to further promote NTC’s legislative priorities.
The trip kicked off with a Welcome Reception on Tuesday at Toyota’s D.C. office where we heard from Congressman Marc Veasey followed by a Moonlight Monuments Tour to learn more about the history of our nation. Wednesday morning began at the National Association of Manufacturers where our group was briefed on trade/USMCA, immigration, and the current probability for this Congress to act before the end of the year. Our morning concluded with a White House briefing from Chris Chaffee, a senior White House official.
Our group then embarked upon Capitol Hill to visit with our North Texas delegation of lawmakers. We heard from Senator Ted Cruz, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Congressmen Roger Williams, Lance Gooden, Colin Allred, Ron Wright, and Van Taylor. Additionally, we heard from other Texas Congressmen including Michael McCaul, Ranking 4 Member on Foreign Affairs and Jodey Arrington on Ways and Means.
That evening, NTC hosted a reception and Chairman’s dinner with Senator John Cornyn, Congressman Michael Burgess, a Medal of Honor representative, and former Congressman Jim Gerlach the President/CEO of BIPAC. The trip concluded Thursday morning at Bell’s D.C. office with an analysis on the House, Senate, and Presidential 2020 elections with Inside Elections analyst, Leah Askarinam. Afterwards, we toured Bell’s Advanced Vertical Flight Center and experienced their flight simulator.
NTC’s first Advocacy Trip to D.C. was a tremendous success and it was my honor and privilege to represent businesses in Parker County. The staff at North Texas Commission did an amazing job organizing this event and I am honored to serve on the NTC Board this year.
East Parker County Chamber will be planning our own Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C. in 2020. Stay tuned for details.
Lisa Flowers, President & CEO