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Fall Fly In Features Dinner Meeting with Senator

(l/r) David Hart, Brian Keegan, Jim Doro, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), David Potack, Milton Magnus, Joseph Ricci

Martin T. Heinrich, a first-term Democratic Senator from New Mexico, was the featured speaker for TRSAPAC’s Fall Fly In opening event on Capitol Hill on Sept. 11. The TRSAPAC Fall Fly In allows TRSAPAC donors to interact in small group meetings with legislators in Washington, DC.  

Sen. Heinrich sat down with the group to chat about serving in the Senate for the first time and discussed his role on the Energy & Natural Resources; Commerce, Science & Transportation; Intelligence; and Joint Economic Committees. Sen. Heinrich opened the dialogue by talking about an energy-efficiency bill that just hit the Senate floor. The bill is an attempt to update standards and take all of the energy efficiency programs, grants and coffers that are in place and get them coordinated so that the economic incentives are in line for business owners that capture energy efficiencies.

“The big thing going on right now is probably the energy-efficiency legislation that finally made it to the floor,” Sen. Heinrich said. “We were able to get that out of committee several months ago and it got caught up in bigger fish to fry. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sen. Shaheen (D-NH) have done a good job of putting together a package that ought to be pretty commonsense and certainly draw support from both parties in all different corners of the country. So knock on wood, we don’t let it become a political vehicle for unrelated issues, which has already happened to some degree. It ought to be a nice move forward, maybe something that can even pass the House.”

In addition to the upcoming vote on the energy-efficiency bill, Sen. Heinrich shared his unique perspective on both chambers of Congress, having also served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, prior to running for a Senate seat. Heinrich also discussed important issues of the day, including the possibility of U.S. military intervention in Syria. He fielded several questions from TRSA members during the back-and-forth discussion on this important global issue.

Attendees at the Sept. 11 dinner included:

  • Jim Doro, TRSA Chairman and President, Doritex
  • David Hart, President, Mountville Mills
  • Brian Keegan, TRSA Government Relations Committee Chair and Vice President of Engineering, AmeriPride
  • Milton Magnus, President, M&B Hangers
  • David Potack, TRSA Board Member and Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Unitex
  • Joseph Ricci, TRSA President & CEO
  • Tom Newell, TRSA Vice President of Operations
  • Kevin Schwalb, TRSA Vice President of Government Relations
  • Jessica Skerritt, TRSA Manager of Environmental Affairs & Counsel