Fred Barnes is co-founder and executive editor of The Weekly Standard. From 1985 to 1995, he served as senior editor and White House correspondent for The New Republic. He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Washington Star before moving on to the Baltimore Sun in 1979. He served as the national political correspondent for the Sun and wrote the “Presswatch” media column for the American Spectator.
Barnes’ presentation will offer an insider’s look at the presidency and Congress. With more than 25 years of reporting on Washington politics, his analysis and predictions are among the most on-target of anyone covering Washington. Barnes takes a hard look at the impact of a Republican-controlled Congress and what issues are front-of-mind for the American electorate.
The keynote speaker presentation is proudly sponsored by:
Mark A. Calabria, Ph.D. is Assistant to the Vice President and Chief Economist. Dr. Calabria handles all economic policy issues for Vice President Mike Pence, with a lead focus on taxes, trade, manufacturing, financial services, labor and housing. Immediately prior to his service with Vice President Pence, he spent eight years as Director of Financial Regulation Studies at the Cato Institute, where he helped to establish Cato’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives.
Having given presentations and testimony to Congress and drafted portions of significant legislation, Dr. Calabria is intimately familiar with our regulatory framework and the battles we are continuing to fight about the future of fixed annuity regulation. He will also provide unique insight into the potential for key economic issues to impact our industry moving forward. Don’t miss your chance to hear this exciting discussion!
Invited Congressional Speaker
Representing the 2nd District of Missouri, U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner has long been a champion of protecting Americans’ access to the products and professional advice they need to retire well. She currently serves as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, which oversees the nation’s financial industry including banking, insurance, capital markets, and housing, and on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
If you’ve joined us in Washington at a previous Annuity Leadership Forum, you know how rousing the congresswoman’s talks can be and just how engaged she is on the issues impacting the fixed annuity marketplace most. If you haven’t yet had a chance to hear her speak, you won’t want to miss this year’s event! She’ll provide us with an update on legislation she has authored to protect access to affordable investments for middle class families, and other pertinent issues being circulated through the House.