ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ today announced four members of the U.S. House of Representatives as the association’s 2017 Digital Patriot Honorees. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Will Hurd (R-TX) will be honored at CTA’s 13th annual Digital Patriots Dinner at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery on April 4. CTA has honored some of the biggest names in technology as Digital Patriots, including innovators Bill Gates, Steve Case and Michael Dell; and policymakers such as Reps. Bob Goodlatte and Anna Eshoo, and Sens. Cory Booker and Rob Portman.
“Given the current post-election political climate, it’s important to stop, reflect and recognize the across-the-aisle efforts these members have made toward advancing innovation policy and the consumer technology industry,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “Our honorees personify the spirit of bipartisanship through advocacy of government policies that encourage innovation, stimulate economic growth and modernize our national infrastructure. These Digital Patriots understand that technology can enhance our lives and our country for the better.”
Rep. McMorris Rodgers is the House Republican Conference Chair and a forward-thinking leader committed to helping companies overcome regulatory obstacles. She was also instrumental in transforming GOP outreach by implementing the “New Media Challenge” which resulted in 100 percent of Republicans adopting a form of social media. Rep. McMorris Rodgers laid the foundation for future improvements in health IT in Washington State and has been a strong advocate of STEM education and tech in the classroom.
Rep. DelBene’s experience as a successful technology entrepreneur and business leader has made her the ultimate champion for patent reform, immigration, privacy rights, computer science education and much more. DelBene is the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Internet of Things Caucus and co-chair of the Women’s High Tech Coalition. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, she was a key leader in the successful effort to pass the Email Privacy Act out of the House.
Rep. Swalwell, a CES 2017 attendee and speaker, is one of the youngest and most tech-savvy representatives in Congress and sits on the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. As founder and co-chair of the Sharing Economy Caucus, Swalwell was one of the lead supporters, along with Rep. Hurd, that successfully passed the Government Travel Modernization Act, allowing federal employees to use alternative transportation options such as Uber and Lyft for official travel.
Rep. Hurd, a CES 2017 attendee and speaker, applies his experience as a former undercover CIA officer to address some of today’s most pressing security issues – privacy and encryption. Rep. Hurd has made great strides to find ways forward related to technology and cybersecurity. He chairs the House IT Subcommittee and is a sponsor of the Modernizing Government Technology Act, which aims to revamp an out-of-date and inefficient federal IT infrastructure.
About Consumer Technology Association:
Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM is the trade association representing the $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.
March 9-12, Snowmass, CO
Digital Patriots Dinner
April 4, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
CES on the Hill
April 5, Washington, DC
New American Jobs Summit
May 3, Washington, DC
CES Asia 2017 – Register
June 7-9, Shanghai, China
June 21-24, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Innovate! and Celebrate
October 9-11, San Francisco, CA
January 9-12, Las Vegas, NV