Members of Congress from Both Sides of Aisle to Speak to Attendees at NBWA/BREWERS Joint Legislative Conference | NBWA: America's Beer Distributors

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Press Releases| Mar 22, 2009

ALEXANDRIA, VA – U.S. Representatives Chris Van Hollen (MD-8) and Kevin McCarthy (CA-22), both rising leaders within their respective political parties, will address attendees at next week’s 19th Annual NBWA/BREWERS Joint Legislative Conference and offer valuable insight into the new environment on Capitol Hill.

“Rep. Van Hollen and Rep. McCarthy are on the front lines of Capitol Hill every day and have been recognized for their effectiveness and drive by congressional leadership and their fellow members of Congress,” said NBWA President Craig Purser. “Each will provide a member’s perspective to Legislative Conference attendees as they go to Capitol Hill to meet with their home district members of Congress.” 

First elected to Congress in 2002, Rep. Van Hollen has been called a “shrewd legislative player in Congress” by the Washington Post and a “rising star.” He currently serves in the honorable position of Assistant to the Speaker of the House of Representatives. He also serves on the important Ways and Means Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee where he oversees congressional races across the country.

Rep. McCarthy was elected to the House for the first time in 2006. In just one term, he has risen through the ranks from a freshman member to Chief Deputy Republican Whip, the highest appointed position in the House Republican Conference.  He currently serves on the Financial Services Committee, the Administration Committee and the House Republican Steering Committee. In addition to his role in Congress, Rep. McCarthy is a fourth generation resident of California and a former small business owner. Newsweek has named him one of the GOP’s “most persuasive and compelling members.”

On March 31, Department of the Treasury Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) Administrator John Manfreda will offer insight into the regulatory agency responsible for regulating the beer industry at the federal level.

Leaders from the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA), Beer Institute (BI), Brewers Association (BA) and National Association of Beverage Importers (NABI) will comment on the current environment and the future of the beer industry.

For more information about the 19th Annual NBWA/BREWERS Joint Legislative Conference, including this year’s brochure and registration form, visit


Founded in 1938, the National Beer Wholesalers Association advocates before government and the public on behalf of the interests of the  more than 2,800  licensed beer distributors with operations servicing every congressional district and state across the country. Beer distributors are committed to ensuring that the products they provide are consumed legally, moderately and responsibly.

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