Former Members Day Hearing: Speaking from Experience
Chairman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress announced that the Select Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, May 1st titled, “Speaking from Experience: Former Members on Congressional Reform.”
The Select Committee will hear from a bipartisan panel of six former Members of Congress who will share their experiences while serving in Congress and highlight a number of possible areas for reform.
The witnesses are expected to focus on a broad range of issues including staff recruitment, transparency, technology, building civility and trust, and improving the quality of life for those working in the legislative branch.
Congressman Tom Davis, who represented Virginia’s 11th district from 1995 – 2008. During his tenure, he chaired the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and served as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Prior to serving in Congress, he was a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and served as its chair from 1991 – 1994.
Congressman Vic Fazio, who represented California’s 3rd District for 20 years (1979 – 1999). During his tenure, he served on the House Appropriations Committee and as a subcommittee chairman and ranking member for 18 years. He was also a member of the Armed Services, Budget, Ethics and House Administration committees. Congressman Fazio was also active in the House Democratic leadership, serving as vice chair, then chair of the Democratic Caucus. Before his election to Congress, he served in the California State Assembly.
Congressman Martin Frost, who represented the 24th District of Texas for 26 years (1979 – 2005). During that time he served eight years in the House Democratic Leadership, four years as Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (1995-1999) and four years as chair of the House Democratic Caucus (1999-2003). He was a member of the House Rules Committee and the House Budget Committee. Since leaving Congress he served four years as chair of the National Endowment for Democracy (2013-2017) and is currently President of the Former Members of Congress Association. Along with Congressman Tom Davis, he’s the author of a recent book, “The Partisan Divide – Congress in Crisis.”
Congressman Reid Ribble, who represented Wisconsin’s 8th district for three terms (2011 – 2017). He served on the Budget and Agriculture committees and was also a member of the Problem Solvers. Prior to serving in the House, Congressman Ribble was the president of his family’s commercial and residential roofing company, and also served as the president of the National Roofing Contractors Association.
Ambassador Tim Roemer, who represented Indiana’s 3rd congressional district for 12 years. He served on the Intelligence, Education and Workforce, and Science committees. Prior to being elected to Congress, he served on the staffs of Rep. John Brademas (D-IN) and Senator Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ). Ambassador Roemer also served on the 9/11 Commission and helped pass the Commission’s recommendations into law. In 2009, he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to India (2009 - 2011). He has served on the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Presidential Task Force on Combating the Ideology of Radical Extremism, the 21st Century National Parks Commission, the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, and 9/11 FBI Review Commission.
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who represented Florida’s 27th congressional district from 1989 – 2019. In 1989, she won a special election and became the first Cuban American and Latina elected to Congress. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen served as chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 2011 – 2013. Prior to serving in Congress, she served in the Florida State Legislature, first as a House member then as Senator. As a former teacher and principal, she has emphasized the importance of education throughout her career and is currently teaching at University of Miami and at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy.