Congressional Advisory Council

ICCF's Congressional Advisory Council is made up of a concerned group of both Republican and Democratic former Congressmen and other politically notable Americans. These board members engage Members of Congress, corporations, and non-governmental organizations in ICCF educational activities and thereby effectively bridge the gap between private and public sectors.

 

The Honorable James Gresham Barrett, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Barrett served in the U.S. House of Representatives for South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District from 2003 – 2011. He served on the Committee on Financial Services, Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

 

The Honorable Evan Bayh, M.C. (Ret.)
Senator Evan Bayh represented Indiana in the U.S. Senate from 1999 – 2011. During this time he served on six Committees: Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, for which he was the chairman of the Subcommittee on International Trade and Finance; Armed Services, for which he was the chairman on Readiness and Management Support; Energy and Natural Resources; the Select Committee on Intelligence; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and the Special Committee on Aging. Before his election to the Senate, Bayh served two terms as Governor of Indiana.


The Honorable Douglas Bereuter, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Bereuter served for 26 years in the House of Representatives. Following his resignation from Congress he became the President of The Asia Foundation in 2004, an office he continues to hold. During his congressional career, he was a leading member of the House International Relations Committee, where he served as vice chairman, chaired the Asia - Pacific Subcommittee, chaired the Europe Subcommittee, was ranking minority member of the Human Rights Subcommittee, and had a long tenure on its Subcommittee on Economic Policy & Trade. He also served on the House Financial Services Committee for twenty-three years, and for sixteen years, chaired or served as ranking minority member of the Subcommittee on International Institutions.

 

The Honorable Allen Boyd, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Allen Boyd represented the 2nd Congressional District of Florida in the U.S. House of Representative from 1997-2011. In 1999, he was appointed to the Appropriations Committee. He also served on the Financial Services Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, as well as on the Subcommittee on Defense and the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. Congressman Boyd joined the House Budget Committee in 2007. As a member of the Budget Committee, he was actively involved in every aspect of the nation’s fiscal policy.


The Honorable John Breaux, M.C. (Ret.)
Senator Breaux served fifteen years in the House of Representatives, followed by three terms in the Senate. In the Senate he was elected by his party as Chief Deputy Whip, a position he held from 1993 until his retirement. On the Senate Finance Committee, Mr. Breaux served as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy. Having retired from the Senate in 2005, he recently formed the Breaux-Lott Leadership Group.


The Honorable Sonny Callahan, M.C. (Ret.)
Elected to Congress in 1984, Congressman Callahan was named Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations in 1995. During the six years he chaired this subcommittee, he worked to protect America's interests and investments around the world. As Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Congressman Callahan worked to develop and finance a new national energy policy. He served in the U.S. Navy and served in state government for 12 years before running for Congress.


Donald G. Carlson, M.C. (Ret.)
Mr. Carlson worked for Congressman Bill Archer for 30 years, serving as his Chief of Staff from 1988 to 2001. He has also served as Chief of Staff to Congressman John Culberson and worked for Congressmen Don Riegle and James Harvey. He is currently managing director in the Washington National Tax Services office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.


The Honorable Albert Benjamin "Ben" Chandler III, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Chandler was the United States Representative for Kentucky's 6th congressional district from 2004 to 2013. He was a member of the Blue Dog Coalition and served as the Chair of the national Blue Dog Task Force on Oversight and Regulatory Review. During his tenure in the U.S. House, he served on the Committees on Foreign Affairs (Middle East & South Asia), Select Intelligence (Technical & Tactical Intelligence), and Appropriations (Interior & Environment). In 2011 Congressman Chandler became Co-Chairman of the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus in the House.


The Honorable Butler Derrick, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Derrick served in the House of Representatives for more than 20 years. He was appointed as Chief Deputy Majority Whip, served on the House Rules Committee for 16 years, and chaired the Subcommittee on the Legislative Process. He served for 12 years on the House Budget Committee and chaired its Reconciliation Process. He also served for four years on the Banking Committee.


The Honorable Norm Dicks, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Norm Dicks represented Washington's 6th Congressional District in the U.S. Congress from 1977 – 2013. He won a seat on the House Appropriations Committee in his first term, and was Chairman of the Appropriations Committee for much of his later career. He also served on the House Intelligence Committee for eight years. He was one of the major supporters of the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus in the House since its inception in 2003 and played a leading role in driving American support for the Congo Basin Forest Partnership, one of the largest land conservation projects in history. In 2009 Congressman Dicks became Co-Chairman of the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus in the House.

 

The Honorable Philip English, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman English represented Western Pennsylvania’s 3rd District from 1995 to 2009. Phil served on the Ways and Means Committee and was the first Republican freshman appointed to that committee since George H. W. Bush in 1967 and served as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee of Select Revenue Measures.

 As a member of Congress, Phil became a strong advocate in the areas of health care, energy, tax, and trade policy. He was a long-time member of the Joint Economic Committee, and co-chair of the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute.

 Philip English is a senior government relations advisor at Arent Fox and serves as co-chair, along with former Sen. Byron Dorgan, of the firm's government relations practice.


The Honorable Thomas W. Ewing, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Ewing was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1991 from the 15th Illinois Congressional District and served five consecutive terms before retiring at the end of the 2000 Congressional session. As a member of Congress, Mr. Ewing served on the House Committee on Agriculture and as chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Risk Management and Specialty Crops, and played a major role in the passage of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000. He is a leading expert on agriculture issues, specifically those involving commodity futures and derivatives, crop insurance, and risk management.


The Honorable Jack M. Fields, Jr., M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Fields represented Texas's Eight Congressional District from 1981 to 1997. While in Congress he chaired the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance of the House Committee on Commerce, where he had numerous important legislative accomplishments. Since retiring from the House, he has started an international trade corporation headquartered in Texas.


The Honorable Richard Gephardt, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Gephardt represented Missouri's Third District for 28 years. He held multiple leadership positions in the House, including terms as both Majority and then Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives. He served on both the Ways and Means and Budget Committees, where he became a national leader on health care, trade and tax fairness.


The Honorable James Greenwood, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Greenwood represented Pennsylvania’s Eighth District in the House of Representatives from 1993 to 2005. He served as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. He later served as International President of the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE).


The Honorable Gary Hart, M.C. (Ret.)
Senator Hart served two terms in the Senate. While a Senator he ran for the Democratic nomination for President twice, permanently changing the landscape of the nomination contest. Since retiring from the Senate Mr. Hart has practiced law, served on various government committees, and currently is a professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs.


The Honorable Thomas F. Hartnett, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Hartnett was elected to represent the 1st District of South Carolina in 1980, after having been a member of the SC Legislature in both the House and Senate for the previous 16 years. He was a proponent of term limits for Members of Congress, and true to his word, left Washington at the end of his 3rd term. Returning to his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, Congressman Hartnett took up the reins of the family real estate practice started by his mother in 1947. He remains active in the family business today.

 

The Honorable David Hobson, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Hobson served nine consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Ohio’s 7th District. He served as chairman and ranking member of the House Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee, chairman of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee, senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and member of both the Veterans Affairs/Housing Subcommittee and the Budget Committee. Congressman Hobson often was tapped by Congressional leadership on both sides of the aisle to serve as a facilitator and honest broker on major legislation.

 

The Honorable Bob Inglis, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Inglis represented the Fourth District of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993-1998, then again from 2004-2010. He served on the Science & Technology Committee and was the Ranking Republican Member on the Energy & Environment Subcommittee. He also served on the Foreign Affairs Committee during the 110th and 111th Congress. He chaired the Research Subcommittee of the Science Committee in the 109th Congress and served on the Judiciary Committee and on the Education and Workforce Committee. He co-chaired the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus. Congressman Inglis recently completed a fellowship at Harvard University's Institute of Politics where he led discussions on energy policy.

 

The Honorable J. Bennett Johnston, M.C. (Ret.)
Senator Johnston served four terms in the US Senate representing the State of Louisiana. He served as a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from its creation and as its Chairman and Ranking Member for much of that time. He was either directly or indirectly responsible for all energy legislation considered by Congress between 1973 and 1996. He is a recipient of the National Parks Conservation Association Centennial Leadership Award. Senator Johnston acted as the chairman of the full Appropriations Committee, as well as the Defense Subcommittee, when Chairman John Stennis was indisposed, and as Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee for Senator Robert Byrd when he was the Majority Leader. He was also a member of the Senate Budget Committee, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, and Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water Development. He served for many years on the Appropriations Subcommittees of HUD and Independent Agencies, as well as the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, and Defense.


The Honorable Robert Kasten, Jr., M.C. (Ret.)
Senator Bob Kasten represented Wisconsin for two terms in the United States House of Representatives before serving another 2 terms in the United States Senate. Senator Kasten is currently the president of Kasten & Company, a consulting firm in Washington, DC.


The Honorable Rick Lazio, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Lazio represented New York's Second Congressional District for eight years. He became Deputy Majority Whip in 1994 and was later named Assistant Majority Leader. Mr. Lazio served on the Commerce and Banking Committees and was chairman of the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Housing. The Congressman is currently with the law firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre, L.L.P. (“Jones Walker”) as a partner and will head the firm’s first New York office focusing on issues of affordable housing and related housing finance, as well as financial services.


The Honorable Trent Lott, M.C. (Ret.)
Senator Trent Lott served in the United States House of Representatives for 16 years before serving another 18 in the United States Senate. During his 34 years in Congress he served as the House of Representatives Minority Whip, the Senate Majority & Minority Whip and Senate Majority & Minority Leader.

 

The Honorable Mary Bono Mack, M.C. (Ret.)
Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack represented California’s 45th Congressional district, and previously the 44th, serving from 1998 – 2013. She served on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, including the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade (which she chaired); the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology; and the Subcommittee on Environment and Economy.

 

The Honorable Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV (“Connie Mack”), M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Connie Mack served as U.S. Representative for Florida’s 14th Congressional district from 2005 – 2013. He served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, including the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia and the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, which he chaired. He also served on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, including the Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency, and Financial Management, for which he served as Vice Chair; the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and Labor Policy; and the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight, and Government Spending.

 

The Honorable Charlie Melançon, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Melançon represented southern Louisiana in the United States House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011, serving on the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Prior to that, he served in the Louisiana State Legislature from 1987 to 1993.


The Honorable Bill McCollum, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman McCollum represented central Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 2001. After graduating from law school, he served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1969-1972. In 1992, he retired from the Naval Reserve as a Commander, having served 23 years as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). While in Congress he founded the House Republican Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and chaired it for six years. He currently serves as the Attorney General of the State of Florida.


The Honorable John Alexander 'Alex' McMillan III, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman McMillan represented North Carolina's 9th Congressional District from 1985 to 1995. An intelligence agent in the U.S. Army, he also was CFO of Ruddick Corp. and CEO of Harris Teeter Super Markets before being elected to Congress. While in the House, McMillan served on Energy and Commerce and Budget Committees.

 

The Honorable John Light Napier, M.C. (Ret.)
John Napier is a former United States Congressman and federal judge. He has served as the Chief Republican counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedure, Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Legislative Assistant to Senator Thurmond, and lead Republican Counsel to the Senate Special Committee on Official Conduct. In 1980, he was elected to the United States Congress where he was a Deputy Whip and served on the House Agriculture Committee, its influential subcommittee on conservation and credit, and the Veterans Affairs Committee. In 1986, he was appointed and unanimously confirmed as a judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington.

 

The Honorable James L. Oberstar, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Oberstar was elected to Congress in 1974, representing Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. He was elected to 17 more terms, ending his career as the longest-serving Member of Congress in Minnesota history. In the 36 years he served in Congress, Jim became the body’s leading expert on transportation policy. From 1989 through 1995, he chaired the Subcommittee on Aviation; he also served as Ranking Democrat of the full Transportation Committee and chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.


The Honorable David Pryor, M.C. (Ret.)
Senator Pryor represented Arkansas's 4th district for 7 years in the U.S. House of Representatives before becoming the Governor of Arkansas in 1975. He was in the U.S. Senate for 18 years, serving as the chairman of the Senate Aging Committee. After his retirement from the Senate in 1997, Mr. Pryor served as founding dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

 

The Honorable Dick Schulze, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Schulze represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives for 18 years. He served on the House Ways and Means Committee and is a leading Washington expert on environmental regulations and legislation. He was founding Co-Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus in the U.S. Congress.


The Honorable Joseph Heath Shuler, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Heath Shuler represented North Carolina’s 11th Congressional district from 2007 – 2013. During this time he served on the Committee on the Budget and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure as well as the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit and the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.


The Honorable Bob Smith, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Smith served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 1995 and again from 1996 to 1999. He was Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture. He served in the Oregon State House of Representatives from 1960 through 1972 and as Oregon's Representative on the President's Public Land Review Committee from 1965 to 1969.

 

The Honorable John M. Spratt, Jr., M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Spratt served in the U.S. Congress from 1983 – 2011. He served as Chairman of the Budget Committee and sat one seat from the chair of the Armed Services Committee. He has co-chaired the Textile Caucus, the Bearing Caucus, and the Nuclear Energy Caucus.


The Honorable Charles Stenholm, M.C. (Ret.)
Congressman Charles Stenholm served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 26 years. He was a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, serving as the Committee’s ranking Democrat for eight years until 2004. He earned a reputation for building bipartisan alliances in areas as diverse as agriculture, resource conservation, food safety, Social Security, energy, health care, and budget.


The Honorable Don Sundquist, M.C. (Ret.)
Governor Sundquist served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 1995 and served as Governor of Tennessee from 1995 to 2003. In 2005, he was named head of a national panel on improving Medicaid.

 

The Honorable Robin Tallon, M.C. (Ret.)
The Honorable Robin Tallon represented the Sixth District of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives for a decade. During his tenure in Congress he was an active participant in GATT negotiations in Geneva and took part in several agricultural trade missions to Asia and Latin America. More recently, Robin has devoted a considerable amount of time working on regulatory issues with various federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Energy. He has extensive experience in a wide range of issue that includes taxes, trade, financial services, energy, healthcare, defense, appropriations, transportation, and agriculture.

 

Mrs. Nancy Thurmond
Mrs. Thurmond, wife of the late Senator Strom Thurmond, is the former Miss South Carolina and a well-known public speaker. She is active in numerous charities, many of which she chairs, and is a published author.

 

The Honorable Zach Wamp, M.C. (Ret.)
Zach Wamp represented Tennessee’s Third District in the United States Congress from 1995-2011. He is presently engaged as a consultant in the energy, defense, and transportation sectors for some of the most prominent companies in the world. In Congress, he served as the ranking member of the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Subcommittee and prior to that as the ranking member of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, on which he served for fourteen years. He also served on the Transportation Committee, the Science Committee, the Small Business Committee, the Steering Committee, the Commerce/Justice/State Subcommittee, the Interior Subcommittee and the Energy and Water Subcommittee.