Former U.S. Rep. Charles "Charlie" Stenholm, a member of the United States House of Representatives serving 13 terms, from 1979 to 2005, will be the keynote speaker for the Meat Industry Hall of Fame's 2015 induction ceremony on Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C.
Stenholm graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.S. and an M.S. degree in Agriculture Education. He was elected to the House as a Democrat in 1978, representing Texas' 17th District.
One of the most conservative Democrats in the House, he belonged to the Blue Dog Coalition and was a leader of the Boll Weevils during the 1980s. His main interests were agriculture and budget matters, the HOF said.
For six years, he was ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee. He worked closely with committee chairman, Republican Larry Combest of the neighboring 19th District to shepherd the 2002 Farm Bill through Congress.
Stenholm was a longtime supporter of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, HOF said, and he earned a reputation for building bipartisan alliances in areas as diverse as agriculture, resource conservation, food safety, Social Security, energy, health care, and budgeting.
Since 2005, Stenholm has been a senior policy advisor with Olsson Frank Weeda, a Washington law firm that specializes in representing food, drug, and agriculture interests before material federal agencies. He has served as Co-Chair of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and on the Boards of Directors for the Concord Coalition, Business and Industry Political Action Committee, and the American Council for Capital Formation. He is also a member of the Farm Foundation Round Table and a member of the 25×25 Steering Committee.
The ceremony will take place at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C., just prior to the first full day of the North American Meat Institute's Annual Meeting and Outlook Conference.
This year's inductees include Bill Buckner, Jo Ann Smith, Bill McMillan, Edward Jones, Jim Lochner, Laurence Bettcher, and Wolf Ludwig.
Tickets for the Ceremony and Dinner are available by contacting Chuck Jolley at 913-205-3791. For more information about NAMI's Annual Meeting and Conference or to register, go to www.meatinsititute.org and click on the 'Events' tab.
Source: Meat Industry Hall of Fame