2002 NAA Capitol Conference welcomes record turnout; NAA members turned out in record numbers in March for the 2002 Capitol conference in Washington, D.C. They came away satisfied, having gained the opportunity to discuss key industry issues face-to-face with each other and their elected congressmen.
2. Arizona Delegation
3. Arkansas Delegation
4. Colorado Delegation
5. Denver Delegation
6. Florida Delegation
7. Michigan Delegation
8. Missouri Delegation
9. New Jersey Delegation
10 Austin (Texas) Delegation
11. Texas Delegation
12. Raleigh (N.C.) Delegation
More than 370 multifamily professionals convened in March to network, learn more about industry issues and meet face-to-face with their federal legislators. They returned home with new contacts and a greater sense of control over legislation and pending regulations that affect the industry.
Each year, the National Apartment Association (NAA) hosts a Capitol Conference for its members, enabling them to bring to Capitol Hill a unified message about key issues affecting the multifamily housing industry. This year's conference was considered the most successful ever.
"The impact is that you participate in an issues briefing and you're updated on issues that you wouldn't possibly know about otherwise," said 2002 Legislative Committee Chair and NAA Region VI Vice President Brad Williams, CPM, Lincoln Property Co. "It's all concise and to the point. You don't get those opportunities anywhere else."
2002 NAA Association Executives Council President Nathan Slovin agreed. "The Capitol Conference is excellent because the people who attend are the people in leadership positions," he said. "Wherever you go, you're dealing with the highest leadership, and that's very exciting."
One of the best things about this year's conference was that nearly 70 of the attendees were making their first trip to advocate in Washington. During the four-day conference, members attended NAA committee meetings, a Government Affairs Roundtable, and an Issues Briefing, all culminating with NAA's day on Capitol Hill, when members were given the opportunity to share their views on NAA's Legislative Priorities and other important issues with key congressional leaders on Capitol Hill.
Prior to the Capitol Conference, NAA/ National Multi Homing Council (NMHC) distribute a brochure that covers the 2002 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities. These priorities, prepared by the NAA/NMHC Joint Legislative Staff, inform members about the issues under consideration this year by Congress. The priorities include NAA/NMHC's position on current topics such as property and asset management, finance, tax policy, the environment and building codes. Data on the u.S. apartment market also is included. The brochure includes NAA/NMHC's position, background and recent legislation for each topic. It gave attendees an in-depth understanding of the issues and any recent action that has occurred. (For a copy of the 2002 NAA/NMHC priorities visit www.naahq.org/government/2002prioritiesbooklet.pdf).
The conference also included meetings of NAA's Committees, Board of Directors and Assembly of Delegates, which met to discuss current tasks affecting NAA and the multifamily housing industry.
Socializing and Networking
During the Capitol Conference attendees enjoyed opportunities to network and laugh at the opening reception followed by a performance by the Capitol Steps, a well-known troupe, specializing in political satire, performed for members.
The NAA Political Action Committee (PAC) held an event at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Museum in Washington, sponsored in part by Network Multifamily and For Rent Magazine. Attendees enjoyed exploring the museum's 33 rooms of colonial decor, and fans of The West Wing took advantage of the opportunity to explore one of the show's most popular sets.
NAA President-Elect Tom Shelton won PAC's 50/50 raffle and immediately donated his prize to the organization, bringing the evening's fundraising total to $7,500. The NAA PAC is organized to assist the campaigns of the Members of Congress who serve on committees that have jurisdiction over issues affecting our industry.
The NAA PAC is a powerful tool in our lobbying efforts. It allows our NAA/NMHC lobbyists to demonstrate that our members not only believe in our issues, but also are committed to proactively pursuing a common agenda.
Government Affairs Roundtable
Always a popular event, the Government Affairs Roundtable examined ways in which several cities address crisis situations in the shadow of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Panelists included: Cathy Atkins, Program Principal with the National Conference of State Legislatures; Chris Atkins, Director of Tax and Fiscal Policy with the American Legislative Exchange Council; Aaron Greenfield, Special City Solicitor, Baltimore; and Stanley Jackson, Director of Housing and Community Development, Washington, D.C.
Greenfield discussed the increased security actions that Baltimore has taken since the attacks, including increased communication between the city and police and an ongoing dialogue with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department.
Chris Atkins discussed the terrorist attacks in an economic context. He outlined suggested policy changes that might lessen the effect any future attacks may have, and discussed how they could affect the economy.
Jackson talked about unique challenges Washington, D.C. faces. He emphasized the importance of collaboration and cooperation with the federal government to create a better response.
The roundtable also featured a three-panelist discussion on NAA Affiliate Best Practices. Apartment Associations shared some of their most successful programs with other attendees. The panel included:
* Cynthia Lucas, Jacksonville Apartment Association, who spoke on their maintenance license initiative;
* Ken Szymanski, Charlotte Apartment Association, who detailed Charlotte's PARAGON Award winning Carbon Monoxide Detector Ordinance; and
* Bo Moore, Georgia Apartment Association (GAA), who addressed Multifamily Water Allocation in Georgia. Each discussion was important for active members of other NAA affiliates, who often discover ideas at NAA conferences that they can take home and implement.
Gus Bauman, Esq., from Beveredige and Diamond PC spoke about the American Planning Association's recently released Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook. The guidebook provides model codes for state and local land use planning and contains several provisions that will affect multifamily development.
The guidebook was studied by NAA/ NMHC, which filed several objections to its language and provisions. The two groups also outlined several positive sections of the book. Attendees learned how the Guidebook will be used by planning advocates and how it will affect their future development plans if passed.
Conrad Egan, Executive Director of the Millennial Housing Commission, presented insight into the Commission's report, which is to be submitted to Congress on May 31, 2001. Egan outlined the Commission's work and noted that the report is, in part, the beginning of the process to bring forth changes to our national housing policy. The report outlines the current state of housing, looks at needed change to federal programs and spells out which critical needs require attention.
Egan outlined the extensive research and due diligence efforts for the Commission. He said the key policy recommendations are likely to include a wide range of issues that are aimed to improve the supply of affordable housing, particularly rental housing. He commented on the very extensive and helpful submission of materials by NAA/NMHC.
Preparing for Capitol Hill Visits
Each year, Capitol Conference attendees say that, without question, their visit to Capitol Hill is invaluable. Meeting in-person with legislators and their top aides is the best way to ensure that the industry's concerns are heard.
Before heading to Capitol Hill, 2002 NAA President Scott Gardner, Crosshaven Properties, welcomed new attendees to the First Timers' Orientation. Gardner emphasized the importance of developing relationships with congressman from your home state and let attendees know what an impact Capitol Hill visits can have. Clarine Nardi Riddle, NAA/NMHC Senior Vice President, spoke about the background of the legislative process and addressed concerns of first timers about Capitol Hill visits.
"These are legislators who are making business decisions affecting our members," said Barbara Vassallo, NAA Director of State & Local Policy. "They must be educated about our business. They need to know how bills and regulations are going to affect our members and why bills that seem administrative or like paperwork bills can end up raising rents. Policymakers really need to hear from the industry."
An hour and a half "Issues Briefing" prepared members to discuss NAA/NMHC's Successful Communities campaign, terrorism insurance coverage, bankruptcy reform, Section 8 housing reforms, mold, energy, capital gains and much more. Attendees said that the briefings helped them structure their meetings and make the most of "face time" with legislators and staff.
A Day on Capitol Hill
NAA members from 22 state apartment delegations conducted 181 Hill visits that were coordinated through NAA. The visits were exciting and successful, as many attendees reported gaining the support of their lawmakers in key areas.
Marc Rosenwasser, Meadow Wood Property Co. and President of the Bay Area Apartment Association, said the visits to Capitol Hill this year made a big difference. He said he was able to speak directly to Representative Jim Davis (R-FL) about the terrorism insurance bill. Rosenwasser and the Florida delegation were able to discuss their concerns about terrorism coverage and Davis offered his support to the industry.
Rosenwasser also was able to speak with Kimberly Warden, Legislative Counsel to Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), about an insurance survey the Bay Area Apartment Association conducted last year. Warden asked that a few additional items be added to the survey and requested a copy of the survey. Said Rosenwaser, "Leaving Tuesday night, I felt that our group had accomplished a lot.
Ron Shelton, CAPS, NAA Region VI Vice President, AIMCO, said, "One group can sway a legislator to make a difference. We provide information and get the legislators to see issues in a different light."
Capitol Hill visits also allow attendees to develop a foundation for future contact with their legislators. Williams said, "We were able to discuss current topics with Pete Sessions (R-TX) at a private lunch. Sessions was extremely impressed that we had sent such a large delegation to meet with him. There are a lot of trade organizations out there, not many send delegations to the degree that NAA does."
Alice Ehn, from the Washtenaw Area Apartment Association, said, "After discussing our Capitol Conference with various associations in my local area whose organizations do similar conferences, I have come to the conclusion that NAA and the NMHC do an excellent job of hosting this event in Washington," she said. "Not only do we get the opportunity to get caught up on all NAA activities--meeting for three days prior to the actual Hill day--but the briefings are critical for those of us that don't make a living in watching the rental industry's political issues on a national level."
Next year's Capitol Conference is scheduled for March 1-4, 2003, at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City. For information on how to participate in the weekend of briefings, meetings, networking, and Capitol Hill visits, contact Meredith Thomas at 703/518-6141, Ext. 136 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONGRESS ACTS IN RESPONSE TO NAA MEMBERS' REQUEST ABOUT MOLD
When NAA members speak, Congress listens and acts.
That was among the satisfying results discovered by the more than 360 National Apartment Association (NAA) members who registered for the 2002 Capitol Conference, held in March, outside Washington, D.C.
The highlight of the three-day Capitol Conference was the trip to Capitol Hill, where members met face-to-face with their respective congressmen and discussed key issues affecting the multihousing industry. NAA members visited the offices of more than 180 legislators.
Members of the Triangle Apartment Association (N.C.) delegation, like many in the property management industry, were interested in legislative activity involving mold. While visiting Congressman David Price (D-NC), the Triangle group relayed concerns about the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), encouraging HUD's Office of Healthy Homes to step up the pace of its research and education about mold, which has had an enormous financial impact on property and insurance rates.
Price serves on the Veterans' Affairs/HUD and Independent Agencies Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. Price, who has gone to bat for the apartment industry in the past, offered to step up again. He subsequently submitted a question for the record for the HUD hearing before Price's subcommittee.
As a result, the question and answer will appear in the transcript of the hearing, which should be available later in April.
Members also urged Price about the need for increased congressional oversight into the research on mold to be carried out by HUD's Healthy Homes Initiative, which provided $ 10 million for this and other research and public education efforts.
"It was a wonderful, learning experience" said Triangle Apartment Association President Lawrence Berry, CPM, Regional Property Manager, Summit Properties, Raleigh, N.C.
I've lobbied for issues locally, but never nationally. Having a face-to-face meeting with my congressman was very exciting. And to get a positive response, and a follow-up from him and his staff makes me feel that by going to the Capitol Conference we truly accomplished something"
Other key topics addressed were Terrorism Insurance, Bankruptcy Reform, the Millennial Housing Commission, Section 8 Reform and Capital Gains.
COMMITTEE UPDATES: WHAT'S GOING ON AT NAA
The Capitol Conference provided an opportunity for NAA's volunteer committees to meet. Following is an update on important projects:
ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVES COUNCIL
The Association Executives Council (AEC) elected Judy Roettig, Chicagoland Apartment Association, as Vice President.
The AEC also approved its 2002 plan of work, which includes several new priorities for affiliates, such as thinking of solutions to difficulties that might arise, evaluating communication between NAA and affiliates, contributing $25,000 to the NAA Education Foundation, and continuing raising awareness of PAC goals and achieving those goals.
A PARAGON Awards Task Force also was created. It will work with NAA staff, making recommendations on how to give the PARAGON Awards program more meaning and to encourage greater affiliate participation.
BUILDERS OWNERS AND DEVELOPERS FORUM
The Builders, Owners and Developers Forum discussed ways to increase the number of applications for the PARAGON Awards category for builders, owners and developers. A taskforce was created to look at: the categories, and to explore additional categories that might increase participation. The Forum also discussed ways NAA could attract and keep the attention of builders, owners and developers through high quality speakers.
COMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY BOARD
The Communications Advisory Board welcomed Paul R. Bergeron, III, as NAA's new Director of Communications. Prior to joining NAA, Bergeron served as Managing Editor of Mobility, for the Employee Relocation Council, in Washington, D.C.
The Board reviewed the new and innovative updates to the NAA Web site and also discussed the results of the readership survey and the direction Units magazine will take in the future. It also made plans to recruit additional member volunteer authors who are experts in particular industry fields.
The Education Committee welcomed Susan Weston, CAM, CAPS, as NAA's new Director of Education. Weston previously was Director of Education with Walden, and the incoming President of the Tarrant County Apartment Association. The Committee discussed requirements for the Certified Apartment Property Supervisor (CAPS) designation with a goal of removing any barriers to earning that designation. The new guidelines for designation are:
* two years of multisite management experience or a Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designation in good standing and two years of industry experience
* completion of all programs of study and a passing grade on all exams
* accruing 500 or more points on the CAPS Designation Application
The Committee will begin an initiative to identify industry competitors in education, determine the cost and content of their education courses, pinpoint NAA's place in the market and identify how to take advantage of it.
INDEPENDENT RENTAL (OWNERS COMMITTEE (IROC)
The IROC Committee approved its 2002 plan of work, which includes writing articles for Units magazine, contacting IROC owners from each region to determine the results of the Rental Owners Course (ROC) and finalizing the train-the-trainer program for the ROC. Also the committee distributed the recently revised version of the IROC manual.
The Legislative Committee approved an aggressive plan of work, which includes
* identifying and organizing a State Legislative Steering Committee in the non-NAA states of Region II
* having each NAA Legislative Committee member maintain vigilance in their respective state and local areas and monitor for any activities seriously affecting their business (maintenance licensing, methamphetamines/ nuisance, anti-development, aggressive fees/taxes, the Section 8 program, expiring uses, mold, exclusive telecommunications contracts and occupancy standards).
* having each Legislative Committee member provide contacts for their own firm in non-NAA states to build a state/local grassroots network.
The Membership Committee approved the charter applications from the Connecticut Apartment Association (with more than 50 properties, eight supplier members and 12,393 units) and the Birmingham (Ala.) Apartment Association (with 62 properties, 10 supplier members and 12,111 units). The Membership Committee discussed the need for a more effective structure in regard to communications with association executives and regional vice presidents, especially with new affiliate members.
MEMBERSHIP SERVICES COMMITTEE
The Membership Services Committee was established at the Capitol Conference. It will focus on non-dues revenue programs for NAA, including the lease, insurance, Apartment Moves, as well as potential e-commerce opportunities. An update on lease sales indicated that for 2001, 216 site licenses and 558,000 clicks (each page of a lease application) were sold; for January and February 2002, 43 site licenses and 205,000 clicks were sold. Committee Members are: Chair, Tom Shelton, CPM, 2003 NAA President Elect. Graystar Real Estate Partners; Tom Day, CAPS, NAA 2002 Treasurer and Budget and Finance Committee Chair, Hepfner, Smith, Airhart and Day Inc.; Larry Duncan, CAMT II, CAPS, NAA National Suppliers Council Chair, Remanage Inc., Nathan Slovin, 2002 NAA Association Executive Council President, New Jersey Apartment Association; and Michael Tompkins, CPM, CCIM, 2002 NAA Membership Committee Chair, Julian LeCraw & Co., Inc.
NAA POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
The NAA Political Action Committee (PAC) launched a state PAC Ambassador program. Each state with an NAA affiliate will assign an ambassador to educate its members about the PAC, political activities and fundraising. PAC approved an aggressive fundraising goal of $100,000 for the PAC and $40,000 for the Better Government Fund. The Trustees reviewed several fair share alternatives to make the affiliate goals more reasonable and achievable. It was decided that the alternatives should be reviewed by the Association Executives Council (AEC) and other suggestions will be evaluated.
The Trustees also approved 11 disbursements.
NATIONAL SUPPLIERS COUNCIL
The National Suppliers Council welcomed new members BellSouth, Gateway, INPHONEMATION Answering Service, Realeum, Suredeposit and The Secret Shopper. The Council also recognized the 2002 NAA Education Conference & Exposition sponsors. The sponsorship dollars committed are from National Suppliers Council (NSC) members. Joseph Marcino, Network Multifamily Corp., recommended that we move to the next step in welcoming the new members of the Council and Larry Bellack, 2002 NSC Vice Chair, Property Management Regional Sales Manager, Sears, offered to chair a New Member Subcommittee. A New Member Welcome Reception will be planned prior to the opening of the June Show. The Closing Gala. an exclusive NSC Sponsorship, was discussed and members are encouraged to participate in this year's event featuring Three Dog Night.
STRATEGIC GROWTH TASK FORCE
The Strategic Growth Task Force facilitated the chartering of two new apartment associations--the Birmingham Apartment Association and the Connecticut Apartment Association, which is the first NAA affiliate in that state. The Task Force selected five new cities to solicit this year and agreed to continue efforts in four of the eight initiatives started last year. Supplier sponsored educational programs and NAA procedural policies were discussed.
2002 CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Plans for the 2002 Education Conference and Exposition being held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, June 27-29, 2002, in Orlando, Fla., are near conclusion. Because the March committee meeting is the last meeting of the committee prior to June, Chair, Nancy Nicolosi, President, Schomac Property Management, thanked the committee for its work so far to make the conference a success. NicoIosi announced to the committee that Rudolph Giuliani and Dave Barry would be the keynote speakers and Three Dog Night would be the closing gala entertainment. Nicolosi also thanked and recognized the seven Platinum sponsors and four Bronze sponsors for their support for the conference.
2003 CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
The 2003 Education Conference Committee met for the first time at the Capitol Conference. Dave Watkins, Greystar Management and 2003 Education Conference Chair welcomed everyone to the committee meeting and thanked everyone for agreeing to serve on the committee. Watkins announced that the 2003 Conference will take place June 19-21, 2003, in New Orleans, and he introduced his subcommittee chairs.
NAA PAC DISBURSEMENTS APPROVED MARCH 9, 2002 $500 to Rep. Karen Thurman (D-FL) $1000 to Rep. George Gekas (R-PA) $1000 to Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) $1000 to Rep. Ralph Hall (D-TX) $1000 to Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) $1000 to Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) $500 to Candidate Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) $500 to Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (R-TX) $1500 to Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) $2500 to Senatorial Candidate John Cornyn (R-TX) $500 to Rep. Larry Combest (R-TX) 2002 CAPITOL HILL VISITS SUMMARY Total number of visits 181 Total number of state delegations visited 22 Total number of affiliates that met with entire state delegation 8 Alabama 9 Arizona 8 Arkansas 6 Colorado 8 Delaware 3 Georgia 13 Louisiana 9 South Carolina 8 Total number of affiliates that met with all but one member of state delegation 1 Oklahoma 7 Affiliates with most visits Florida 20 Georgia 13 Michigan 11 North Carolina 11 Texas 27 Total number of Senators visited 36 Total number of Senate visits 42 Total number of Representatives visited 137 Total number of Representative visits 139 2002 NAA HILL VISITS SUMMARY ALABAMA Apartment Association of the Tennessee Valley Inc./Alabama Apartment Association Rep. Terry Everett (R-AL) Rep. Sony Callahan (R-AL) Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (R-AL) Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) Rep. Robert E. Bud Cramer, Jr. (D-AL) Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Rep. Earl F. Hilliard (D-AL) Rep. Bob Riley (R-AL) ARIZONA Arizona Multihousing Association Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) Rep. John B. Shadegg (R-AZ) Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ) Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) Rep. Bob Stump (R-AZ) Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) ARKANSAS Northwest Arkansas Apartment Association Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR) Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR) Rep. John Boozeman (R-AR) Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR) Sen. Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) Sen. Blanche L. Lincoln (D-AR) CALIFORNIA San Diego County Apartment Association Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Rep. Randy Duke Cunningham (R-CA) Rep. Susan A. Davis (D-CA) Konnections Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) COLORADO Colorado Apartment Association Rep. Thomas Tancredo (R-CO) Rep. Bob Schaffer (R-CO) Rep. Scott McInnis (R-CO) Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO) Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO) Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO) DELAWARE *** Delaware Apartment Association Rep. Michael Castle (R-At Large-DE) Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) FLORIDA Florida Apartment Association Rep. E. Clay Shaw, Jr. (R-FL) Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) Rep. Karen Thurman (D-FL) Rep. F. Allen Boyd, Jr. (D-FL) Rep. Ric Keller (R-FL) Rep. Jim Davis (D-FL) Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Ballart (R-FL) Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) Rep. Carrie Meek (D-FL) Rep. Mike Bilirakis (R-FL) Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-FL) Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) Rep. John Mica (R-FL) Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) GEORGIA *** Atlanta Apartment Association Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA) Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA) Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) Rep. Mac Collins (R-GA) Rep. Cynthia McKinney (R-GA) Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) Rep. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) Rep. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA) Rep. John Linder (R-GA) ILLINOIS Chicagoland Apartment Association Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL) Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky (D-IL) Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) INDIANA Apartment Association of Indiana Rep. Marl Souder (R-IN) Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) KENTUCKY Louisville Apartment Association Rep. Anne M. Northup (R-KY) Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) LOUISIANA Apartment Association of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Sen. John B. Breaux (D-LA) Rep. Jim McCrery (R-LA) Rep. W.J. Billy Tauzin (R-LA) Rep. David Vitter (R-LA) Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-LA) Rep. Richard H. Baker (R-LA) Rep. John C. Cooksey (R-LA) Rep. Chris John (D-LA) MARYLAND *** Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington, Inc. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D-MD) MICHIGAN Property Management Association of Western Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) Rep. James Barcia (D-MI) Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI) Rep. Nick Smith (R-MI) Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-MI) Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) MISSOURI *** Missouri Apartment Association Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) Rep. Jo Ann H. Emerson (R-MO) Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) Sen. Christopher S. Kit Bond (R-MO) NEW JERSEY New Jersey Apartment Association Rep. Willliam J. Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) staff of Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-NJ) staff of Rep. Rodney Frelighuysen (R-NJ) staff of Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) NORTH CAROLINA *** North Carolina Apartment Association Sen. John R. Edwards (D-NC) Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC) Triad Apartment Association Rep. Richard M. Burr's Office (R-NC) Rep. Howard Coble's Office (R-NC) Rep. Melvin Watt's Office (D-NC) Charlotte Apartment Association Rep. Melvin Wyatt (D-NC) Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) Triangle Apartment Association Sen. John R. Edwards (D-NC) Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC) Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC) Rep. David E. Price (D-NC) OHIO Columbus Apartment Association Rep. Deborah Pryce's Office (R-OH) Rep. Bob Ney's Office (R-OH) Rep. David Hobson's Office (R-OH,) Rep. Michael G. Oxley's Office (R-OH) Rep. Patrick J. Tiberi's Office (R-OH) Rep. Tony P. Hall (D-OH) OKLAHOMA Tulsa Apartment Association Sen. Don Nickles (R-OK) Sen. James N. Inhofe (R-OK) Rep. Brad Carson (D-OK) Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) Oklahama City Apartment Association Rep. Ernest Istook, Jr. (R-OK) Rep. J.C. Watts, Jr. (R-OK) Rep. Wes Watkins (R-OK) SOUTH CAROLINA South Carolina Apartment Association Rep. Henry, Brown, Jr. (R-SC) Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) Rep. John Spratt, Jr. (D-SC) Rep. Jim DeMint (R-SC) Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) Sen. Ernest Hollings (DSC) TEXAS Bryan College Station Apartment Association Rep. Jim Turner (D-TX) Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) Austin Apartment Association Rep. Ron E. Paul (R-TX) Rep. Lloyd Dogget (D-TX) Lubbock Apartment Association Rep. Larry Combest (R-TX) Rep. William Mac Thornberry (R-TX) Texas Apartment Association Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX) Houston Apartment Association Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) Rep. Nicholas V. Lampson (D-TX) Rep. Ken Bensen (D-TX) Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX) Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) Rep. Kevin P. Brady (R-TX) Apartment Association of Greater Dallas) Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) Rep. Martin Frost (D-TX) Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX) Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) Rep. Richard K. Dick Armey (R-TX) Rep. Ralph M. Hall (D-TX) Apartment Association of Tarrant County Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) San Antonio Apartment Association Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-TX) Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez (D-TX) VIRGINIA *** Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington, Inc. Sen. John Warner (R-VA) Sen. George Allen (R-VA) Total Number of Appointments: 181 ** denotes addition of State ,Association and/or appointment.
Kim Fernandez is a freelance writer for trade and consumer publications who lives in Bethesda, Md. A former Managing Editor of Units, she has written about the multifamily homing industry since 1994.