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Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Representing the 30th District of TEXAS

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Hosts Business Roundtable Series featuring U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker

Apr 6, 2016
Press Release


Sec of Commerce

Congresswoman Johnson leads a business roundtable discussion with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker(l), Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings (far left) and several local business leaders


Dallas, TX - (Wednesday, April 6, 2016) -   Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson hosted U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, and local business leaders for another installment of her business roundtable series.

Congresswoman Johnson hosts the “Eddie Bernice Johnson Business Roundtable Series” as informational meetings that connect small and large business owners in North Texas with officials from various federal agencies with the goal of creating lasting business relationships and increasing awareness of federal programs, grants, and services that support businesses and business owners. 

This roundtable meeting was attended by Mayor Mike Rawlings and local Dallas business leaders, including executives from Mary Kay, Texas Instruments, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and several other local companies. 

During the discussion, Secretary Pritzker shared valuable insight into the programs and opportunities put forth by the President’s administration that are designed to help increase America’s manufacturing base. A large portion of the discussion focused on the benefits of trade and globalization for local businesses and job markets.  “Representative Johnson has been a great friend to the administration as a member of Congress,” said Secretary Pritzker. “We will continue to work diligently with Congresswoman Johnson to ensure that our trade policies work for our country and its citizen.”

Congresswoman Johnson highlighted the opportunities that globalization and fair trade would bring to Texas. She concluded the meeting by stating:  “it is important to me that business owners in North Texas have the opportunity to benefit from free and fair trade and to become true benefactors from this emerging global economy,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “Trade creates jobs. International trade is a major engine, of not only America’s economy, but of the Texas economy. It is imperative that we take the necessary steps to balance the playing field by establishing rules to enhance fairness without geographical limitations, encourage innovation and improve consumer value in the global commerce ecosystem.”