25 Congressional Members Selected for TechAmerica Congressional Tech Leader Award


25 Congressional Members Selected for TechAmerica Congressional Tech Leader Award
Leadership in Tech Policy Recognized in Conjunction with Annual Technology & Government Dinner

Washington, D.C., June 5, 2014 — TechAmerica, the public sector and public advocacy department of CompTIA, announced this morning that 25 Members of the House and Senate have been selected to receive the TechAmerica Congressional Tech Leader Award in honor of their leadership on technology policy. The awards will be presented in conjunction with TechAmerica Foundation’s Technology & Government Dinner next week.

“In an era where stakeholders from the government and industry need to work together to share and exchange information to keep America’s tech sector one of the strongest in the world, these 25 Representatives and Senators continue to go above and beyond,” said CompTIA President and CEO Todd Thibodeaux. “It is an honor and privilege to bestow this award on each and every one of them.”

The TechAmerica Congressional Tech Leader Award recognizes a select group of legislators for their overall commitment to promoting technology-friendly policy. Whether it’s championing increased cybersecurity protection or advocating for R&D tax credits to keep America business-friendly, each recipient has shown great dedication to strengthen America’s tech sector.

For instance, this year’s recipients include Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), chair and vice chairs of the House’s Energy & Commerce Committee which has been responsible for promoting many of Congress’ tech-related initiatives. Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY), another recipient, has been a pivotal voice in developing new sustainable technologies for energy independence, as well as promoting STEM education at all levels of education to help students compete in the high-tech economy.

Held in the Ronald Reagan Building, the Technology & Government Dinner brings together industry, Congressional and government leaders to celebrate the partnership between the tech sector and government. The dinner also will honor Dr. J.P. London, CACI executive chairman and chairman of the board, with the Corporate Leadership Award, and U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel as the Government Technology Executive of the Year.

This year’s recipients are:

House of Representatives

  • Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX)
  • Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA)
  • Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)
  • Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)
  • Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)
  • Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)
  • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)
  • Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
  • Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX)
  • Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE)
  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
  • Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)
  • Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
  • Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA)
  • Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)
  • Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)
  • Rep. John Kline (R-MN)
  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA)

Senate

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
  • Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
  • Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT)
  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Sen Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY)

For more information on becoming a sponsor or to purchase a table for the dinner, contact pamela.strother@techamerica.org. To register for the dinner, go to: http://www.techamericafoundation.org/technology-government.

About TechAmerica Foundation

Launched in 1981, the TechAmerica Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of TechAmerica, the public sector and public advocacy division of CompTIA. The foundation disseminates award-winning industry, policy and market research covering topics such as U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, innovation in government, defense and federal IT forecasts, and technology employment and international trade indicators.  It also organizes conferences and seminars to explore pertinent issues with government and industry representatives and to share the foundation’s findings with the public. Learn more about the foundation at www.techamericafoundation.org.

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CompTIA
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