The Society of American Florists added a high-profile political TV news reporter and one of the floral industry’s biggest advocates in Congress to its lineup for the 38th Annual Congressional Action Days, March 12-13, in Washington, D.C.
Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-California) will address the Grassroots Breakfast on March 13, giving a morning pep talk to participants before they board buses to Capitol Hill for meetings with lawmakers.
The son of former White House Chief of Staff, CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Jimmy Panetta was sworn in as member of the 115th Congress on January 3, 2017. SAF supported his 2016 congressional campaign.
Panetta represents California’s 20th Congressional District, representing the Central Coast — all of Monterey and San Benito Counties and southern portions of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. His region produces flowers and many other agricultural products, from artichokes to strawberries to lettuce to wine grapes.
He serves on the House Agriculture Committee, and its subcommittees on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research; and Nutrition. He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee. Panetta is the founder and co-chair of the Agricultural Research Caucus and is the co-chair of the Congressional Cut Flower Caucus.
Major Garrett, the CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent and columnist at large for National Journal, will share an insider’s perspective of the political scene, during the SAFPAC Reception and Dinner* on March 12.
For 30 years, Garrett has reported from the frontlines of the nation’s pressing issues, chasing and breaking news stories. He began his journalism career as a police and general assignment reporter, and has since covered Congress for two major magazines and served as White House correspondent for three television networks. As the Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News, he covered the 2016 Republican race for the White House. Beginning in the summer of 2015, he covered every GOP debate and significant campaign event for CBS.
Both speakers are among the highlights of SAF’s Congressional Action Days. Last year, Congressional Action Days drew 119 growers, wholesalers, retailers and suppliers — including 35 first-time participants — from 30 states to Washington, D.C., to talk to lawmakers on Capitol Hill about their businesses and the floral industry’s legislative priorities.
For details about this year’s CAD, visit safnow.org/cad. The cut-off date for guaranteeing the SAF room rate at the CAD hotel is February 16. The early-bird registration fee is $295 for members and $395 for non-members by February 23. Your registration includes an additional FREE registration for a second person from your company who has never attended CAD before. This offer is not available online; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There is an additional fee to attend the SAFPAC Reception and Dinner* when Garrett is speaking.
SAF’s 38th Annual Congressional Action Days is underwritten by Platinum Partner CalFlowers and Gold Partners BloomNet, FTD and Teleflora.