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Anna and Zoe: Covering Silicon Valley from A to Z

Here’s food for thought . . . In Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley is covered “from A to Z.” Anna and Zoe, that is.

Last week, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group had the pleasure of hosting a small group CEO roundtable with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo.

The week prior, the Leadership Group held a similar roundtable with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren.

For nearly two decades, Silicon Valley – in fact, much of America’s innovation economy – has been fortunate to have these two key leaders represent our priorities in the halls of the United States Congress.

Just how do they add value? Let me count the ways . . .

Anna is a senior member of the important House Energy and Commerce Committee. Its jurisdiction oversees roughly one-fifth of the U.S. economy. She is our point person on numerous issues of importance to Silicon Valley’s success.

Zoe serves on the House Judiciary Committee, and is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee that oversees immigration reform, and is our go-to leader on issues like patent reform and cybersecurity.

They are effective individually, work well together and with the rest of our Bay Area delegation. In fact, Zoe serves as the Chair of California’s Democrat Caucus, weekly pulling together 33 Congress members.

Anna is currently campaigning to become the Ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, a pivotal role which would make her even more influential in representing technology issues in Congress.

What makes them even more effective is their ability, and willingness, to often reach across the aisle to partner with members of the Republican Conference. Yes, smart politics also makes for sound policy. With Anna and Zoe, Silicon Valley gets both.

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