Congressional Family Business Caucus

 

Serving as the voice for family business, generationally owned businesses, and multigenerational businesses in Washington, DC, Family Enterprise USA members meet with lawmakers to present non-partisan intelligence, research, and information on the economic impact that family businesses have as well as the contributions they make to their communities. As part of our efforts, Family Enterprise USA worked closely with Congress to inspire and help organize the bipartisan, educational Congressional Family Business Caucus.

Mission Statement

  • The Family Business Caucus seeks to educate Members of Congress about the contributions of family businesses, the backbone of the American economy, to the nation and local communities. This includes small to large sized businesses from diverse industries that are located throughout the nation.
  • The Caucus seeks to create awareness within the Congress about the issues impacting family businesses, including workforce challenges, tax policy, economic issues, and community development.
  • The Caucus supports a regulatory landscape that is less burdensome and promotes entrepreneurship and free enterprise.
  • The Caucus will connect Members of Congress with family businesses in their district/home state and create a dialogue that promotes a productive exchange of ideas.

Goals

  • To promote the role of family businesses as community economic drivers, job creators, and significant donors to charitable and local needs, while also strengthening the national economy and contributing to government revenues.
  • There is no legislative agenda.

Structure

  • Scope: Bipartisan and bicameral.
  • Leadership: One Democratic and one Republican Co-Chair in the House of Representatives and one Democratic and one Republican Co-Chair in the Senate. Additional leadership positions, as needed, will be developed and appointed by the Co-Chairs.
  • Membership: The Caucus is open to all Members of Congress interested in promoting family-owned enterprises and in the issues impacting family businesses.

    Caucus Meetings in Washington DC: 3/12, 5/14, and 9/18

    Family Business Caucus – Official Confirmed Members

    House Member: Co-ChairsConstituency
    Jodey ArringtonTexas 19th
    Henry CuellarTexas 28th
    Brad SchneiderIllinois 10th
    Claudia TenneyNew York 24th

    House Member: General MembersConstituency
    Drew FergusonGeorgia 3rd
    Hillary ScholtenMichigan 3rd
    Mike FloodNebraska 1st
    Dusty JohnsonSouth Dakota At-Large
    Lloyd SmuckerPennsylvania 11th
    Robert AderholtAlabama 4th
    David ValadaoCalifornia 22nd
    Nick LangworthyNew York 23rd
    Mike LevinCalifornia 49th
    Beth Van DuyneTexas 24th
    Marcus MolinaroNew York 19th
    John DuarteCalifornia 13th
    Nancy MaceSouth Carolina 1st
    Stacey PlaskettVirgin Islands At-Large
    Carol MillerWest Virginia 1st
    Jared GoldenMaine 2nd
    Jason CrowColorado 6th
    Angie CraigMinnesota 2nd
    Ken Calvert California 41st
    Bill PascrellNew Jersey 9th
    Glenn ThompsonPennsylvania 15th
    Brad ShermanCalifornia 32nd
    Stephanie BiceOklahoma 5th
    French HillArkansas 2nd
    Michelle FischbachMinnesota 7th
    Lou CorreaCalifornia 46th
    Joe NeguseColorado 2nd
    Pete StauberMinnesota 8th
    Ashley HinsonIowa 2nd
    Josh GottheimerNew Jersey 5th
    Salud CarbajalCalifornia 24th
    Guy ReschenthalerPennsylvania 14th
    Don BaconNebraska 2nd
    Russell FrySouth Carolina 7th
    Josh HarderCalifornia 9th
    Terri SewellAlabama 7th
    Eleanor Holmes NortonDistrict of Columbia At-Large
    Mike KellyPennsylvania 16th
    Randy FeenstraIowa 4th
    Julia BrownleyCalifornia 26th

    Funding

    • Some events and educational programs may be hosted by third parties, such as Family Enterprise USA, and organized in collaboration with the Family Business Caucus and in compliance with House and Senate ethics rules.

    Activities

    The Members of the Caucus will develop activities that are consistent with the Mission of the Family Business Caucus and will help achieve its goals.  These activities will underscore the role of family businesses as job creators, innovators, and contributors to local economies. Examples of these kinds of events and projects are listed below:

    • Host an annual fly-in to connect Members of Congress with family businesses in their district/home state. The fly-in could include a roundtable or town hall with House and Senate leadership to discuss issues impacting family businesses. Additionally, the fly-in could recognize family businesses for their success and leadership in philanthropy, community service, social justice, and other good will efforts in their communities.
    • Host periodic seminars, forums, and distinguished speaker series events to highlight the critical issues impacting family businesses.
    • Write and issue an annual report on the State of America’s Family-Owned Businesses. The report could chronicle positive developments and evolving challenges.  It could contain data on family-owned businesses and their impact on GDP, job, and community development.
    • Host events virtually and in person on Capitol Hill, Covid-19 protocols permitting.
    • Promote internships and educational programs for students interested in entrepreneurship.
    • Support educational onsite visits for Members of Congress and staff to visit family businesses in their state/district.
    • Establish Family Business Advisory Councils comprised of family businesses in Members’ respective districts/home states.

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