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 Peter Friedmann, CONECT Counsel, "Our Man In D.C."

   

Peter Friedmann is Washington DC Counsel for the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade, an organization which has become New England's leading advocate of pro-trade policies. He helped found CONECT when it became apparent that the benefits of international trade to New England were not widely recognized by government decision makers.

From his vantage point in Washington DC, his previous service as Counsel in the U.S. Senate, and his day-to-day involvement representing international trade interests Peter brings an always up-to-the-minute perspective. He knows how to translate policy debates into terms that are understandable and practical to those engaged in international business. His updates on trade regulation are valuable to importers, exporters, customs brokers, forwarders, and all other CONECT members. His office organizes the Annual CONECT Mission to Capitol Hill, and he leads CONECT in conveying the “free and fair trade” message to Congress and Executive Branch agencies.

Peter’s BA and law degree are from the University of Washington in Seattle. He served as senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation. He drafted international ocean shipping legislation, tax and energy legislation and organized and led a Congressional trade mission to Asia. In his private practice, he currently represents in addition to CONECT, various national and regional trade associations, multi-national corporations, state and local governments and port authorities, pursuing federal appropriations, legislative policy and regulatory measures favorable to his clients.

     

Ray Bucheger, FBB Federal Relations

 

Ray Bucheger worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) until his untimely and tragic death in 2002, and then briefly for Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) before opening Governor Jim Doyle’s Washington D.C. office in February, 2003 where he lobbied on a number of policy issues and secured federal funding for the State.

Ray currently uses his extensive contacts in various Executive Agencies and on Capitol Hill to represent the interests of his clients, which include Fortune 500 companies, public and non-profit entities, and regional and national organizations. Ray is continuously monitoring and pursuing client needs in numerous issue areas, including international trade, defense, homeland security, transportation, energy, taxes and maritime issues. Ray works with Congressional delegations from throughout the country; with Members and staff on numerous Congressional Committees; and with a range of DC-based interest groups, and achieves results by building multi-state, bi-partisan coalitions both on and off Capitol Hill.

Ray earned his undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science and a Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) at MarquetteUniversity. As the current President of the Marquette Club of Washington, D.C., Mr. Bucheger is constantly growing his list of Washington, DC contacts and increasing his outreach.

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