Representative French Hill
A ninth generation Arkansan, French Hill is the 22nd Member of Congress to represent central Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected on November 4, 2014, began his first congressional term on January 3, 2015, and was officially sworn in on January 6, 2015. He currently serves as Ranking Member of the National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy Subcommittee within the House Financial Services Committee.
Prior to his congressional service, Rep. Hill was actively engaged in the Arkansas business community for two decades as a commercial banker and investment manager. He was founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Delta Trust & Banking Corp., which was headquartered in Little Rock and recently merged with Arkansas-based Simmons First National Corp.
Prior to his community banking work in Arkansas, Rep. Hill served as a senior official in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. From 1989 until 1991, Rep. Hill served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Corporate Finance, where one of his key assignments was representing the United States as a negotiator in the historic bilateral talks with Japan known as the Structural Impediments Initiative (SII).
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Rep. Hill led the design of U.S. technical assistance to the emerging economies of eastern and central Europe in the areas of banking and securities. In 1991, at the age of 34, President Bush appointed Mr. Hill to be Executive Secretary to the President’s Economic Policy Council (EPC), where he coordinated all White House economic policy. For his leadership and service at the Treasury and the White House, Rep. Hill was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Nicholas Brady in January 1993. Prior to his Executive Branch Service, from 1982 until 1984, Rep. Hill served on the staff of then-U.S. Senator John Tower (R-TX) as well as on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs.
Throughout his career, Rep. Hill has been active in civic affairs. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Little Rock and served as the 2013 chairman of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his long-time support of the Boy Scouts of America, the arts and humanities, tourism, and historic preservation in Arkansas. He is an avid outdoorsman, boy scout, and spends recreational time outside hiking, fishing, and more.
Rep. Hill is a magna cum laude graduate in Economics from Vanderbilt University. He is married to the former Martha McKenzie of Dallas, Texas, and they have a daughter and a son. The Hill family resides in Little Rock.
Bharat Ramamurti is the Managing Director of the Corporate Power program at the Roosevelt Institute. Previously, he served as the top economic adviser on Senator Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign and as her senior counsel for banking and economic policy in her Senate office from 2013 to 2019. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.
Representative Donna Shalala
Congresswoman Donna E. Shalala is proud to serve Florida’s 27th District as an advocate for women’s rights, civil rights, increased access to healthcare, better education and public schools, and a clean and sustainable environment. The longest-serving Secretary of Health and Human Services in U.S. history, she returns to Washington as the Representative for Florida’s 27th District, which includes the city of Miami and surrounding municipalities in Miami-Dade County.
The granddaughter of immigrants from Lebanon, Congresswoman Shalala was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her A.B. from Western College for Women and her Ph.D. from Syracuse University. A distinguished educator, she served as President of Hunter College of the City University of New York, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and President of the University of Miami. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been elected to seven national academies, including the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Education.
Congresswoman Shalala began her career in public service as one of the country’s first Peace Corps volunteers in Iran. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter tapped her to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In 1993, Congresswoman Shalala was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she created, implemented, and oversaw the Children’s Health Insurance Program, currently covering over 7.6 million children. She also succeeded in doubling the budget of the National Institute of Health and secured the highest immunization rates in American history. At the end of her eight-year tenure at HHS, a Washington Post article described her as “one of the most successful government managers of modern times.”
In 2007, President George W. Bush hand-picked her to co-chair with Senator Bob Dole the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors, tasked with evaluating how wounded service members transition from active duty to civilian life. In 2008, President Bush selected her as the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Congresswoman Shalala has been named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report (2005), received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights (2010), was inducted into the National Woman’s Hall of Fame (2011), and has more than five dozen honorary degrees.
She is honored to serve Florida’s 27th District in the House of Representatives.
Senator Pat Toomey
Pat Toomey is the junior senator from Pennsylvania. Elected to the United States Senate in 2010, Senator Toomey has prioritized growing opportunity for everyone while making our country a safer, more prosperous place to live, work, and raise a family.
Sought out by his colleagues for his views on fiscal and economic matters, Senator Toomey was recently labeled by The Hill as “a leading Senate policy authority on multiple issues.”
During his time in the Senate, Senator Toomey co-authored the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which reduced taxes for families and made the U.S. business tax code more competitive. He also helped write the JOBS Act, which cut regulatory burdens on small businesses and made it easier for them to raise much-needed capital. Senator Toomey also played an integral role in crafting the CARES Act’s sections that provide the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve with $500 billion for economic stabilization efforts.
Senator Toomey is a member of the Senate Banking, Budget, and Finance Committees.
Prior to his time in the Senate, Senator Toomey served three terms in the United States House of Representatives, led the Club for Growth, worked in the financial services sector, and founded a small chain of family restaurants with his brothers.
Senator Toomey resides outside of Allentown, Pennsylvania with his wife, Kris, and their three children.