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Day on Capitol Hill Celebrates Its Ninth Year with a Huge Increase in Participation

Posted By Bob Ogle, Friday, June 7, 2013

Before we officially close the books on Day on Capitol Hill for 2013 – and start gearing up for DOCH 2014, scheduled for April 28-29 next year – it’s worth taking a moment to look at the numbers from the event’s ninth year:

  • Participation at this year’s event was up 46 percent over 2012, with 73 delegates from 21 states.

  • Delegates visited 96 House offices this year, up from 83 in 2012; and 33 Senate offices, the same number as the previous year.

  • Speakers at ESA events included Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), who is sponsoring H.R. 1441, the Federal background check bill being heavily supported by ESA.

  • New York State Electronic Security Association (NYSESA) brought the most delegates, with eight in attendance. Trailing closely behind were ESA of Virginia with seven and Louisiana Life Safety and Security Association (LLSSA) with six. Louisiana’s delegation got special thanks for bringing along a special guest, state Fire Marshal H. "Butch” Browning, Jr.

Honeywell Security District Manager David Donovan, a first-time delegate, reflected on his experience as the Honeywell Platinum Reception wound down on the event’s final evening.

"To me, any security dealer who ever wondered what they can do to make a difference or how they can make their voice heard should strive to come to Washington to take part in this,” he said. "Anyone who considers themselves a security professional needs to experience this, not just to push for important legislation, but to share their concerns with lawmakers as business owners.”

Regardless of your political leanings, he said, the effort is worth it.

"Whether you agree with their politics or not, whether you consider yourself right, left, red, or blue, it’s not every day you get to talk one-on-one with the very people who can push through legislation that might bring about much-needed change to our industry,” he said. "To have been given the opportunity to represent my state and my industry was an honor, and I’m looking forward to returning next year.”

Government Relations Chair Lynn Comer amplified David’s sentiments.

"I know this is a huge sacrifice that takes our members away from their businesses,” she said, "but it’s also an investment. It’s one I hold very dearly myself, because it’s not only about representing our industry and our association. For me personally, I feel very connected to our government when I’m here. I think that’s a really important piece that everyone who attends can take home with them.”

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