The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 20th annual State of the Region on Friday, February 18th. This virtual event will begin at 12:00 noon.
“It can be difficult to stay on top of what’s happening in Washington, D.C.—particularly the work that doesn’t make headlines. That is why I never miss the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the Region event. Hearing directly from our two Congressional members gives me a better understanding of the complex issues they are working to address,” stated Serena Josel, Chairwoman of the Board.
Congressional representatives Maxine Waters, 43rd District and Ted Lieu, 33rd District will speak to issues and topics of importance to business including redistricting, national employee vaccine mandates, inflation, oil prices, crime, housing supply and antitrust legislation.
“The State of the Region provides the opportunity to connect directly with our congressional leaders in support of the business and industry community in Torrance and the surrounding region,” commented David Gamboa, vice chair Public Policy.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters is considered by many to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today. She has gained a reputation as a fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color and the poor. Elected in November 2018 to her fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives with more than 70 percent of the vote in the 43rd Congressional District of California.
Congresswoman Waters made history as the first woman and first African American Chair of the House Financial Services Committee. An integral member of Congressional Democratic Leadership, Congresswoman Waters serves as a member of the Steering & Policy Committee and is the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease. She is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and member and past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Ted is serving in his fourth term in Congress and currently sits on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He was also elected by his Democratic Colleagues this Congress to serve as a Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee for a third time. Ted is a former active-duty officer in the U.S. Air Force. Following active duty, Ted served in the Air Force Reserve, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 2021.
In Congress, Ted has established himself as a leader on the environment; cybersecurity; civil liberties; government ethics and veterans. He is also an outspoken proponent of more effective government oversight. Following the Jan. 6 insurrection, Ted co-authored the Article of Impeachment advanced by the House and subsequently served as an Impeachment Manager for the second Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
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