Each year the Salt Lake Chamber visits Washington, D.C. with business, community and state leaders. This trip represents a unique opportunity to connect the state’s leaders to members of our federal delegation and the nation’s capitol.

Here are the highlights from our first day:

Congresswoman Mia Love

Dinner at Johnny's Half Shell 3Business leaders arrived to a rainy Washington, D.C. The downpour couldn’t dampen spirits however, as members of our delegation met at Johnny’s Half Shell for a three course meal that included both sea and comfort food options.

In this intimate setting the Salt Lake Chamber kicked off its annual Washington, D.C. Trip by holding a reception with Congresswoman Mia Love. The topics discussed with Congresswoman Love included regulation, the importance of women in office, immigration and potential replacements for the Speaker of the House.

“Immigration is an issue that should unit us, not divide us.”  – Congresswoman Mia Love

Wesley Smith, Director of State & Federal Relations for Gov. Herbert

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Wesley Smith, Director of State and Federal Relations for Utah Governor Gary Herbert spoke briefly with our delegation about the importance of business leaders being involved in the political process.

Smith holds a strong background in the development of public policy that includes both work experience and educational achievement. For six years he worked as executive vice president and general counsel to the Salt Lake Chamber. Prior to that he worked as a partner at Smith Hammond, LLP.

 “If you don’t make decisions, Congress will.” – Wesley Smith

Stephen Studdert, Speaker and Executive Advisor with Experience Advising Several US Presidents

Stephen Studdert understands the complexity of presidential politics. In fact, he has advised several former presidents on a wide range of topics that range from electability to public policy.

Dinner at Johnny's Half Shell 2For our delegation, Studdert shared a presentation entitled “So you want to be President? Insights on the Presidential Election.” Included in this presentation were references to high profile blunders and successes during presidential debates and information on the high level of coaching that candidates receive as they prepare for debates.

When asked, “Which presidential candidate was the best debater?” Studdert hesitated and then answered, “Bill Clinton,” citing his ability to appeal to the emotional side of voters.

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