Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Senators Chafee, Coleman among Speakers for CCC

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Senators Chafee, Coleman among Speakers for CCC

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Two former mayors who now serve in the United States Senate--Senator Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.) and Senator Norm Coleman (R-Minn.)--are among the confirmed keynote speakers for the upcoming Congressional City Conference in Washington. Other confirmed speakers include Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Christine Todd Whitman and former White House Assistant to both President Bush and Vice President Cheney, Mary Matalin.

The conference gets underway on Friday, March 7, with Leadership Training Institute Seminars and committee meetings and concludes on Tuesday, March 11, with City Lobby Day on Capitol Hill.

Chafee, who will speak on Monday, March 10, at 9 a.m., is serving his first term in the Senate after 10 years in local government, first as a councilmember in Warwick and then as a four-term mayor. During his tenure as mayor, he focused on fiscal management, environmental protection, economic development, and increased funding for public schools.

In the Senate, he serves on the banking, housing and urban affairs, environment and public works, and foreign relations committees. He has also been working with other moderate Republicans in the Senate to craft a compromise economic stimulus plan--which is one of NLC's top advocacy priorities for the year.

Coleman was elected to the Senate last November in a hotly contested race. He defeated former Vice President Walter Mondale, who stepped in after Democratic incumbent Sen. Paul Wellstone was killed in a plane crash.

Coleman was mayor of St. Paul for eight years, where he focused on creating a bipartisan partnership to revitalize the city's downtown, create new jobs and make St. …

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