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January 04, 2017

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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

Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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

Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: David Bohrer / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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

Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: David Bohrer / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, stopped by the Chamber to discusshis 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

Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: David Bohrer / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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

Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: David Bohrer / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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

Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: David Bohrer / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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

Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: David Bohrer / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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

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Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi participated in theU.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.

Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: David Bohrer / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Joshua Roberts / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Erik Freeland / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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

Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: David Bohrer / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Joshua Roberts / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Erik Freeland / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Joshua Roberts / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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

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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

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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

Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: David Bohrer / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Joshua Roberts / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Erik Freeland / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Joshua Roberts / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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 aboutthe legal climate needed in America to bolster competitiveness and enterprise.

Scott Eisner with Senegalese President Macky Sall

Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: David Bohrer / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Joshua Roberts / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Erik Freeland / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Joshua Roberts / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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

Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: David Bohrer / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Joshua Roberts / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Erik Freeland / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Joshua Roberts / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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

Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: David Bohrer / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Joshua Roberts / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Erik Freeland / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Joshua Roberts / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Blair Latoff Holmes / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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

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