Political Affairs and Federation Relations

The Political Affairs and Federation Relations division manages relationships with state and local chambers of commerce, trade associations and small businesses and has a membership presence in every state across the country.


We are focused on electing or re-electing pro-business candidates to Congress. That goal is supported by grassroots and lobbying programs to promote policy that positively affects businesses and the economy.

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseApr 11, 2018 - 12:30pm

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Comments on Speaker Paul Ryan’s Retirement Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today about Speaker Paul Ryan:

Above the FoldMar 26, 2018 - 9:00am
Business optimism at a high

As Election Looms, Business Optimism Soars

Pro-business members of Congress have an extraordinary story to tell as they turn their attention to the 2018 midterm elections.

Above the FoldMar 20, 2018 - 12:00pm
Tom Donohue and Representative Virginia Foxx (NC-05)

U.S. Chamber Reviews How Congress Voted in 2017

297 Spirit of Enterprise Award winners were honored for their strong records of support for the business community.

Press ReleaseMar 07, 2018 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber Awards 13 Local Chambers with Accreditation

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting today, awarded accreditation to 13 chambers of commerce for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on their communities.

Above the FoldAug 03, 2017 - 12:00pm
President Trump, left, shakes hands with former President Obama during the 58th inauguration. (Pat Benic/Pool via Bloomberg)

Trump's Historically Slow Confirmation Rate is Hurting America

There is an old saying in Washington that “personnel is policy.”

LetterAug 03, 2017 - 11:00am

Business Letter to Senate: Stop Stalling on Trump Nominees

The slow pace of confirmations is depriving agencies across the government of critical leadership and in the case of independent agencies, the quorum necessary to conduct critical business.

Press ReleaseJun 20, 2017 - 10:15pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Congratulates Karen Handel

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement today following Karen Handel’s victory in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District:

Press ReleaseJun 08, 2017 - 8:00am

U.S. Chamber’s Association Committee of 100 Welcomes Four New Members

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today welcomed four new executives to its Association Committee of 100 (C100). For more than 50 years, leading association executives have gathered under the banner of the U.S. Chamber’s C100 to network, build partnerships, and discuss current issues. These CEOs represent association members before the U.S.

Above the FoldApr 17, 2017 - 3:00pm

Here's 4 Things Members of Congress Should Be Thinking About While On Recess

When members of Congress go home, it's no vacation.