October 16, 2019


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue and U.S. Chamber President Suzanne P. Clark today released the following statements after the passing of John Bachmann, the former Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a Senior Partner at Edward Jones.

“John was a gifted businessman and a dear friend,” said Donohue. “With a steady hand, he helped guide Edward Jones through decades of innovation and growth—and then he brought that same leadership to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. With John as Chairman of the Board, he worked to expand our impact and influence both here in Washington and around the globe. John embodied Midwestern values in his commitment to hard work, kindness, decency, and respect. He was a great man who leaves behind a powerful legacy. I speak for many in the American business community when I say he will be sorely missed.”

U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark, who worked closely with Bachmann throughout his tenure at the Chamber, offered the following tribute: “John was a leader and a teacher. The Chamber benefited immensely from his vision and unbridled commitment. His contributions to the business community and ardent support of the free enterprise system will not be forgotten or easily duplicated. I benefited personally from his generous mentorship and will miss his wise counsel.”

Bachmann was a longtime member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, serving as its Chairman from 2004 to 2005 and later as Chairman of the Executive Committee from 2005 to 2006. Bachmann would then go on to serve as Treasurer of the Board from 2012 to 2017. He was among the most active and dedicated members of the Board—so much so that the Chamber presented Bachmann with the Dennis Sheehan Award in 2018. This award is given to individuals who best capture the late Dennis Sheehan's spirit and enthusiasm and go beyond the call of duty in commitment and service to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.