June 13-14, 2023 Washington, D.C.


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Monday, June 12
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
National Committee Meetings
Tuesday, June 13
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
National Board of Directors Meeting and Legislative Conference Registration Open
8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
National Board of Directors Meeting
2:45-3:45 p.m.

Understanding Wage Theft Laws
Ben Brubeck, Vice President, Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs
Maury Baskin, Esq., ABC General Counsel, Littler Mendelson P.C.

Wage theft statutes are emerging across the country. This session helps you understand what they are and how to comply if they are law in your state or municipality. If not, you’ll learn how to educate policymakers as to why these statutes are not the solution to improve the construction industry.

Planning for ABC Volunteer Succession
Milton Graugnard, Chair of the ABC Board of Directors, Cajun Industries
Stephanie Schmidt, President, Poole Anderson Construction
Robert “Buddy” Henley, Chair-Elect, Henley Construction Co. Inc.

Knowing that the life blood and future of ABC is its volunteers, this session is designed for those who are interested in pursuing an officer position in ABC. Additionally, chapter best practices will be shared, including young professionals strategies.

Learn About ABC-Championed Legislation
Kristen Swearingen, Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs
Peter Comstock, Senior Director of Legislative Affairs
Vance Walter, Director of Legislative and Political Affairs

Learn about new, ABC-championed bills that capture the essence of the merit shop philosophy and worker choice and create the conditions for all to have the opportunity to achieve their career dreams. Learn how to educate your congressional representatives on ABC-supported legislation so they will sign on as a co-sponsor.

Why Policy makers Should Embrace AQC and STEP
Mike Bellaman, President and CEO
Greg Sizemore, Vice President, HSE and Workforce Development

Learn how to use AQC and STEP to educate policymakers on merit shop contractors’ safety, workforce development and corporate responsibility initiatives and ABC-supported bills such as FOCA and ERA.

Wednesday, June 14
7-8:30 a.m.
Legislative Conference Registration
8-10 a.m.

Where to Turn When the Political Climate Heats Up.
Amy Walter, Publisher & Editor-In-Chief, Cook Political Report

Amy Walter speaks with aplomb about the electoral process, congressional culture, and the Washington political scene as a whole. A familiar presence across the media spectrum, her range of topics and expertise provides an engaging, compelling presentation that keeps audiences riveted. Walter discusses not only electoral politics, but also the politics of policy, Washington’s dysfunction, and the people and strategies behind events unfolding in Congress and the White House.

Rep. John James

Rep. John James is serving his first term, representing Michigan’s 10th Congressional District, which covers parts of Macomb and Oakland counties. In addition, Rep. James ran two highly competitive races for U.S. Senate in Michigan. Prior to being elected to Congress, James served as President of James Group International and CEO of Renaissance Global Logistics, a supply chain management and logistics services company based in Detroit. Learn more about Rep. James.

Sen. Katie Boyd Britt

Sen. Katie Boyd Britt is Alabama’s newest U.S. senator, and the first woman elected to a U.S. Senate seat in the state.

A practicing attorney by trade, Britt is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law. She previously served as the chief of staff to Alabama’s then-senior Sen. Richard Shelby and has served on numerous boards and committees.

10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
ABC Legislative Hill Visits
6-7:30 p.m.

For the first time ever, ABC is hosting a Tailgate Party at the Bullpen for this year’s FEA reception.

The event will be followed by the Congressional Baseball Game* and all Legislative Conference registrants are invited to attend.

Visit with your federal legislators on the Hill during the day and network at the FEA Tailgate Party in the evening. Learn more.

*Please note, this event is open to all Legislative Conference attendees and sponsorships are strongly encouraged. All sponsors will receive tickets to the Congressional Baseball Game and will have their logo displayed on signage around the event. More information will be provided upon contribution. Donations and sponsorships accepted online.



Sessions are subject to change. Updated as of May 2023.


Thank You to Our Sponsors

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For information about sponsorship opportunities during the 2024 ABC Legislative Conference, contact Madeleine Dashiell at [email protected] or (202 595-1775).

Strategic Partners

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsor

For information about sponsorship opportunities during the 2024 ABC Legislative Conference, contact Madeleine Dashiell at [email protected] or (202 595-1775).