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U.S. Chamber Names Two New Directors of Congressional and Public Affairs Division

Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 8:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today named Scott J. Eckart and Jason Matthews as new directors of the Congressional and Public Affairs Division. Eckart will lead the Chamber's lobbying efforts on issues related to trade and competitiveness while Matthews will direct the lobbying efforts on financial services issues.

"Eckart and Matthews have both worked extensively with the business community and have proven track records advancing legislation on major issues," said Rolf Lundberg, the Chamber's senior vice president of Congressional and Public Affairs. "They have also worked with Congress and have a deep understanding of these important issues."

Eckart previously worked for the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) as the vice president of Federal Affairs. In this position he served as chief liaison with members of Congress and ran the Globalization Project, an effort designed to provide intellectual capital to members of Congress regarding the benefits of trade. Eckart also served as development director for the Center for National Policy and in financial director positions for the Kerry/Edwards New Mexico Victory 2004 Coordinated Campaign, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and for the re-election campaign of former Congressman Harold Ford Jr.

Since 2006, Matthews has served as chief of staff for Senator Mary Landrieu, where he worked to advance the Senator's legislative agenda as well as develop strategy and positions to enhance her re-election in 2008. Matthews' work with Senator Landrieu began when he was a deputy issues director for the Mary Landrieu for Senate Campaign in 1996; he soon climbed the ranks of the Senator's D.C. office working as a legislative assistant, legislative director, and deputy chief of staff before becoming chief of staff.

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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