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Senator John Sununu
Senator John Sununu (R-NH) carved a unique path from the private sector to public office, serving for three terms in the House of Representatives and for six years as the youngest member of the United States Senate. Before entering public service, Sununu worked for emerging high-tech firms as an engineer, strategy consultant, and Chief Financial Officer. In Congress, he put his private sector expertise to work for the country, serving on Senate committees such as Commerce, Finance, Banking, and Foreign Relations.
As one of the few members of Congress with a technical background, Sununu rose quickly to earn a seat on the House Appropriations Committee and served as Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee. During his term in the Senate, Sununu provided leadership in areas of finance and technology, figuring prominently in debates addressing funding for telecommunications policy, medical information technology, and the National Science Foundation.
In the Senate, John Sununu took a lead role in pressing for regulatory reform, writing legislation to reign in the risk-taking at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that was signed into law in 2008.He led the effort to protect the Internet from unnecessary and unreasonable regulations, and negotiated a seven year ban on Internet taxes.He was the author of the New England Wilderness Act, as well as legislation that ensured broader protections for civil liberties under the PATRIOT Act.
He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Central Asia, leading delegations to monitor the Palestinian Presidential elections in 2005, and the Lebanese Parliamentary elections in June 2009.He is member of the Mid-East Working Group at the U.S. Institute for Peace.
From 2008-2009, Sununu served as a member or the Congressional Oversight Panel for the $700 Billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Time Warner Cable, Boston Scientific, and ConvergEx Group, LLC.
Senator Sununu holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard University. He and his wife Kitty have three children.
Harold E. Ford, Jr
Harold served five terms in the U.S. Congress representing the 9th district of Tennessee. First elected in 1996, Harold served on the House Financial Services, Budget and Education Committees while in Congress. In addition, Harold was a member and leader of the Blue Dog Democrats in Congress, and was active with the Democratic Leadership Council.
Currently, Harold teaches part-time at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service, and is a frequent contributor to NBC News. He is a board member at Lincoln Center, the Posse Foundation, Weill Cornell Medical College and America's Promise. Harold is also an overseer at the International Rescue Committee and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Harold earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of Michigan.
Harold and his wife, Emily, live in New York City.