Jan 04, 2017 - 4:15pm

Chamber Snapshots: The Best of 2016


Staff Assistant, Communications

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Bruce Josten and Tom Donohue
Bruce Josten and Tom Donohue
Bruce Josten and Tom Donohue field questions at the 2016 State of American Business press conference

2016 proved to be a busy year in Washington, D.C. No place experienced that more than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber hosted countless events with visiting heads of state along with business leaders and policy experts. Beyond that, numerous Chamber employees participated in hundreds of interviews with print, broadcast, and digital outlets.

Each and every one of these actions helped the Chamber further its priority of expanding opportunity for American businesses. 

Look through the photos below to see some of the Chamber's best moments of 2016. 

Tom Donohue delivers the 2016 State of American Business
The Chamber hosted the State of American Business at the beginning of the year. Tom Donohue shared the Chamber's priorities for the coming year with business leaders and Chamber members from across the country. 

Tom Donohue and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
Tom Donohue and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, pictured here with Tom Donohue, visited the Chamber to deliver a keynote address on his country's business and economic forecast. 

Myron Brilliant and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Myron Brilliant and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Myron Brilliant showed Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull around the Chamber. Prime Minister Turnbull spoke about opportunities for expanding the U.S.-Australian relationship at a breakfast held in his honor. 

Myron Brilliant and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Myron Brilliant and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, stopped by the Chamber to discuss his country's trade relationship with the U.S. Here, Prime Minister Trudeau chats with Myron Brilliant before delivering his remarks.

Tami Overby and Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha
Tami Overby and Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha

Tami Overby welcomed H.E. Prayut Chan-o-cha, prime minister of Thailand, to a dinner held in his honor, where he gave remarks about the importance of the U.S.-Thai bilateral relationship. 

John Murphy with Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen
John Murphy with Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen

John Murphy moderated a panel conversation about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Among the participants was Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. 

Bruce Josten and Rep. Kevin Brady
Bruce Josten and Rep. Kevin Brady

Bruce Josten receives Rep. Kevin Brady to the Chamber for a discussion of his tax reform plan

Tom Donohue presents the 2016 Spirit of Enterprise award to Sen. McConnell
Tom Donohue presents the 2016 Spirit of Enterprise award to Sen. McConnell

Tom Donohue presented the Spirit of Enterprise award to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. 


Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi participated in the U.S.-India Business Council's 41st Annual Leadership Summit. Prime Minister Modi discussed the future of his nation's growth with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. 


Tom Donohue spoke at the Nasdaq MarketSite about fueling and funding economic growth in the U.S. 

America’s Small Business Summit attendees hit Capitol Hill
America’s Small Business Summit attendees hit Capitol Hill

America's Small Business Summit attendees took to Capitol Hill to meet with elected officials. They also penned some advice for Congressional candidates. 

Tom Donohue appeared on FOX’s “Mornings with Maria” at the RNC
Tom Donohue appeared on FOX’s “Mornings with Maria” at the RNC

The Chamber was present at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. At the RNC, Tom Donohue appeared on Fox Business Network's "Mornings with Maria." Donohue and host Maria Bartiromo talked about presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's business policies. 

Randy Johnson and JD Foster at the Chamber's annual Labor Day Briefing
Randy Johnson and JD Foster at the Chamber's annual Labor Day Briefing

At this year's Labor Day Briefing, Randy Johnson and J.D. Foster tackled the Chamber's priorities for the remaining days of the 114th Congress. Among these were labor regulations. 

Tom Dononue and Mitt Romney
Tom Dononue and Mitt Romney

Tom Donohue introduced Former Massachusetts Governor and keynote speaker Mitt Romney at this year's Institute for Legal Reform Summit. In his address, Romney spoke about the legal climate needed in America to bolster competitiveness and enterprise

Scott Eisner with Senegalese President Macky Sall
Scott Eisner with Senegalese President Macky Sall

The Chamber's U.S.-Africa Business Center awarded Senegalese President Macky Sall with its Outstanding Leaders Award due to his promotion of free enterprise in West Africa. 

Tom Donohue and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang
Tom Donohue and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang

Tom Donohue and Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China Wang Yang conversed at a dinner in honor of the 27th U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade. 

Tom Donohue and Paul Ryan
Tom Donohue and Paul Ryan

Tom Donohue introduced House Speaker Paul Ryan at American Enterprise Institute's This Way Up economic summit. 

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Carrie Brooks
Staff Assistant, Communications