WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 3, 2008 – ITIF is proud to announce that former Congresswoman Nancy Johnson (R-CT) has been appointed co-chair of the ITIF board, replacing former member of Congress Jennifer Dunn, who unexpectedly passed away earlier this fall. The Honorable Nancy Johnson is a senior public policy advisor in Baker Donelson’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Firm’s Federal Public Policy Group. She focuses on health care, tax and trade matters on behalf of Baker Donelson clients.
Cal Dooley, the co-chair of ITIF and president of the Grocery Manufacturers Association / Food Products Association, praised Ms. Johnson, stating, “Nancy will make an excellent contribution to ITIF as co-chair, and I am looking forward to working with her to ensure that ITIF continues to help advance pro-innovation public policies.” Dr. Robert Atkinson, President of ITIF stated, “With her significant background in and knowledge of technology and innovation policy issues, Congresswoman Johnson is an ideal choice to be the new ITIF co-chair.”
Ms. Johnson served 24 years in Congress, from 1983 to 2007, representing the fifth district of Connecticut, following 6 years of service in the Connecticut State Senate. The most senior woman in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 109th Congress, she is a recognized authority on health policy. Hailed by the non-partisan Almanac of American Politics as “one of the most active and productive legislators in the House,” Ms. Johnson’s legislative accomplishments include a variety of matters related to health care, children, taxes, manufacturing and the environment. She co-authored the national Children’s Health Insurance Program and was a principal author of the Medicare Modernization Act that expanded Medicare to cover prescription drugs, chronic care management, increased preventive health benefits, and care offered by nurse specialists, physician assistants and nutritionists. As a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Ms. Johnson played an integral role in the passage of every major tax bill, trade agreement and health care initiative during her tenure on the committee. She also introduced the health information technology legislation that led to the establishment of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT) and fought for broad adoption of HIT to reduce medical errors and improve care quality.
In support of manufacturing and small business, Congresswoman Johnson focused on tax incentives to invest: increasing expensing for small business, modernizing depreciation law to support high tech manufacturing, authoring the alternative research and development credit to support product development by startups and reformed the low income housing tax credit to improve affordable housing options. She was a consistent advocate for the federal program that assists small manufacturers in improving quality and productivity and of lower tax rates to maintain entrepreneurial vitality.
Representing a trading state, Ms. Johnson introduced and worked for passage of trade negotiating authority, agreements expanding market access and laws strengthening enforcement of intellectual property rights, anti-dumping and other fair trade initiatives. She worked to increase funding for Department of Commerce export promotion and support services and for the Foreign Commercial Service, and was a strong supporter of the EX-IM Bank. She provided extensive constituent services to those needing to be heard by the USTR or other federal agencies and worked closely with companies to better inform their employees regarding trade, tax, and other issues affecting their competitiveness and future.
Through its research, policies proposals, and commentary, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation is working to advance and support public policies that boost innovation, e-transformation and productivity. For additional information, Web users may access ITIF at http://www.innovationpolicy.org or by contacting Dr. Atkinson at (202) 626-5732 or firstname.lastname@example.org