2017 NSSTA "Take the Hill"

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                           2017 Take the Hill Initiative

                                  March 7 and 8, 2017 - Washington DC

Below is a list of the newly elected Members of Congress. “Take the Hill”  is now more important than ever – there are many new Congressional Members to educate about Structured Settlements.

The Congressional Structured Settlement Caucus will lose 12 Members in the upcoming Session due to lost election bids, retirement and members that were elected to higher offices. Take the Hill gives us a chance to provide education and drive Caucus membership.

If you are interested in attending Take the Hill, please email info@nssta.com.

Take the Hill

Newly Elected Members of Congress

115th Congress

U.S. Senate:

Senator Kamala Harris, D-California—Replaces Retiring Senator Barbara Boxer. California Attorney General and former San Francisco District Attorney.

Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois—Defeated Senator Mark Kirk. Served in the Congress as the first Asian American from Illinois and the first female disable Veteran in Congress.  Lost both of her legs and injured her arm in the Iraq war.

Senator Todd Young, R-Indiana—Replaces Retiring Senator Dan Coats. A graduate of the U.S, Naval Academy, served as an intelligence officer in the Marine Corps and served on the House Ways & Means Committee.

Senator Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland—Replaced Retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski. Served as Chair of the DCCC and Ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee.

Senator Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire—Defeated Senator Kelly Ayotte. Two-term Governor of New Hampshire who also served in the New Hampshire state legislature.

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada—Replaces Retiring Senator Harry Reid. Former Nevada State Attorney General, civil attorney in Las Vegas and served as a criminal prosecutor in the U.S, Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC.


U.S. House of Representatives:

Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Arizona--Replaces Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick. Retired Chicago policeman and former member of the Chicago Board of Trade.

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona—Replaces Retiring Rep. Matt Salmon. Served in the Arizona State Legislature –President of the State Senate.

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-California—Defeated Rep. Mike Honda. Served in the Obama Administration in the Commerce Department and on the White House Business Council.

Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-California—Replaces Retiring Rep. Sam Farr. Prosecutor in Oakland County District Attorneys Office, son of former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

•  Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-California—Member of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and a member of the Marine Corps Reserves with active duty in the Gulf War.

Rep. Nanette Barragan, D-California—Replaces Rep. Janice Hahn. Worked at Latham and Watkins law firm in DC and for the NAACP.

Rep. Lou Correa, D-California—Replaces Rep. Loretta Sanchez. Served in the California State Legislature and worked in investment banking and real estate.

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Delaware--Replaces Rep. John Carney. Staff assistant on Capitol Hill, served as Secretary of Labor and Secretary of Health and Social Services in Delaware.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida—Replaces Rep. Jeff Miller. Served in the Florida State Legislature.

Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Florida—Replaces Rep. Gwen Graham. Surgeon and a businessman—first time service in public office.

Rep. John Rutherford, R-Florida--Replaces Rep. Ander Crenshaw. Former State Sheriff and Chairman of the Florida Sheriff’s Association.

Rep. Al Lawson, D-Florida—Replaces Rep. Corrine Brown. Has served for over 18 years in the Florida Legislature.

Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida—Defeated Rep. John Mica First Vietnamese American woman elected to Congress, an executive with Sungate Capital and a Defense Department national security specialist.

Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida—Replaces Rep. Alan Grayson. Florida’s first Member of Congress from Puerto Rico, served in the Florida Legislature and ran his own law firm.

Rep. Val Demings, D-Florida—Replaces Rep. Daniel Webster. First female police chief in Orlando.

Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida—Defeated Rep. David Jolly.  Former Florida Governor and former Republican who switched parties to run for Congress.

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida—Replaces Rep. Patrick Murphy. Served in the U.S. Army for 12 years as a bomb disposal expert.  Lost both of his legs to a bomb explosion in Afghanistan.

Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Florida—Replaces Rep. Curt Clawson President Bush appointed Rooney to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. Family owns a construction business.

•  Rep. Drew Ferguson, R-Georgia—Replaces Rep. Lynn Westmoreland. Serves on the faculty of the Medical College of Georgia-School of Dentistry.

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii—Replaces Rep. Mark Takai. Returning to Congress where she represented Hawaii’s 1st District from 2011-2015.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois—Replaces Rep. Tammy Duckworth. Born in India and raised in Peoria. He is an attorney and served on President Obama’s 2004 campaign staff.

Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Illinois—Defeated Rep. Bob Dold. Returns to Congress after losing his seat in the 2014 election to Dold.

Rep. Jim Banks, R-Indiana—Replaces Rep. Marlin Stutzman. First Indiana state legislator to take an extended leave of absence to serve in the military—deployed to Afghanistan.

Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, R-Indiana--Replaces Rep. Todd Young.  Spent most of his career in commercial real estate.

Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas—Replaces Rep. Tim Huelskamp. He is an obstetrician who has delivered more than 5,000 babies. Served seven years in the Army reserves.

Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky—Replaces Rep. Ed Whitfield. Served 12 years in the Kentucky state legislature and has served as the state’s agricultural commissioner.

Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Maryland—Replaces Rep. Donna Edwards. Has served in the Maryland state legislature, elected as Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor and lost a race for Maryland Governor. He served for 30 years in the military.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland—Replaces Rep. Chris Van Hollen. Served in the Maryland State Senate and teaches constitutional law at American University.

Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Michigan—Replaces Rep. Dan Benishek. Retired U.S. Army general, commercial airline pilot and medical equipment business owner.

Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Michigan—Replaces Rep. Candice Miller. Spent $2.5 million of his own money to win the election and spearheaded the effort to defeat Proposition 1 in Michigan that would have raised taxes for infrastructure spending.

Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minnesota—Replaces Rep. John Kline. Conservative radio personality, dubbed “Mr. Right” on the airwaves.

Rep. Don Bacon, R-Nebraska—Defeated Rep. Brad Ashford. Former Brigadier General who won the Distinguished Service Medal and the Bronze Star, currently serves as an assistant professor at Bellevue University.

Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nevada—Replaces Rep. Joe Heck.  Software developer and first time candidate for public office.

Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nevada—Defeated Rep. Cresent Hardy. Served in the Nevada State Legislature. In high school he was named Nevada High School Soccer Player of the Year.

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-New Hampshire—Defeated Rep. Frank Guinta.  First elected to Congress in 2006, defeated for reelection in 2010, reelected in 2012 and defeated for reelection in 2014.

Rep. Josh Gotthelmer, D-New Jersey—Defeated Rep. Scott Garrett.  Served as a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton.

Rep. Thomas Suozzi, D-New York—Replaces Rep. Steve Israel. Served as Mayor of Glen Cove, New York and Nassau County Executive.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-New York—Replaces Rep. Charlie Rangel.  First Dominican American elected to Congress and has served as a Member of the State Legislature.

Rep. John Faso, R-New York—Replaces Rep. Chris Gibson. Served in the New York State Legislature where he was elected Republican Leader, served on the Budget Committee and the Ways & Means Committee.

Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New York—Replaces Rep. Richard Hanna.  Owner of Mid-York Press a commercial printing and manufacturing firm.

Rep. Ted Budd, R-North Carolina--Small business owner, running a shooting sports retail store and a facilities management firm.

Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pennsylvania—Defeated Rep. Chaka Fattah.  Has served in the Pennsylvania state legislature since 1981, was the first African American to run for mayor of Philadelphia and run for Governor of Pennsylvania.

Rep. Brain Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania—Replaces Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick.  Served as an FBI agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney before being elected to the seat held by his older brother.

Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Pennsylvania—Replaces Rep. Joe Pitts. Served in the Pennsylvania state legislature, current serves as the Chair of the state senate education Committee. He is also President of the family owned construction company.

Rep. David Kustoff, R-Tennessee—Replaces Rep. Stephen Fincher.  Served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. He is also a lawyer in a private practice.

Rep. Vicente Gonzales, D-Texas—Replaces Rep. Ruben Hinojosa. Opened his own law firm—V. Gonzales & Associates which specializes in business law.

Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas—Replaces Rep. Randy Neugebauer.  Served in the Administration of Governor George W. Bush and worked in the White House as a Special Advisor to President Bush.

Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Virginia—Replaces Rep. Scott Rigell. Former Navy SEAL who has served in the Virginia state legislature.

Rep. Don McEachin, R-Virginia—Replaces Rep. Randy Forbes. Served in the Virginia state legislature and is an attorney with the law firm of McEachin & Gee

Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Virginia—Replaces Rep. Robert Hurt. Served as Virginia Commonwealth Attorney, served in the state legislature and the U.S. Army.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington—Replaces Rep. Jim McDermott.  Formed One-America—an anti-hate speech organization and has worked on Wall Street as a financial analyst.

Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin—Replaces Rep. Reid Ribble. Retired Marine Captain who served seven years as an intelligence officer, served on Capitol Hill as a staff assistant on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming—Replaces Rep. Cynthia Lummis. Served in the Bush Administration in the State Department also served as a contributor on Fox News.