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Billy Tauzin    

CEO, Pharm. Research and Manufacturers of America

Billy Tauzin is a politician, lawyer and lobbyist. Of Cajun descent, he was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1972-1979 and the United States House of Representatives from 1980-2005, representing Louisiana's 3rd congressional district. In 1994, when the Democrats lost control of the House, Tauzin helped co-found the House Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate-to-conservative Democrats. Still considering conservatives unwelcome in the Democratic party, however, in 1995 Tauzin became a Republican, and the first American to have been part of the leadership of both parties in the House. From 2001-2004, Tauzin served as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. In 2005, the same day he left Congress and two months after having helped to pass the Medicare Prescription Drug Bill, Tauzin was named director of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, a trade group for pharmaceutical companies. Billy Tauzin is the original author of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1996 and the Cable Act, the only bills over the past ten years to become law despite Presidential veto. He received his BA from Nicholls State University in 1964 and his degree in law from Louisiana State University in 1967. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Healthcare Group.

Speech Topics

Health Care.

A leading voice on health care as a member of Congress and a key player in the 2009 health care reform negotiations, Tauzin addresses the current state of health care reform and its implications for business. His perspective from both the legislative side and the special interest side (as the former president and CEO of PhRMA), provides unique insights into one of todays most debated issues. As he recently battled cancer, Tauzin also has a personal connection to the issue and developed a program within the pharmaceutical industry to give low income people access to life-saving medications. In his presentations, he weaves his experiences as a patient and a policymaker together to address one of the most pressing issues today.

Politics today.

Having worked on both sides of the political aisle and being the first Congressman to have ever served in leadership positions as both a Republican and a Democrat, Billy Tauzin has a very unique view of our current political climate. In his presentations, he addresses politics today using personal stories and anecdotes from his time on the Hill. With his experience at PhRMA, a pharmaceutical lobby group, he also discusses these issues from the perspective of a company outside of Capitol Hill trying to influence legislation.

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