On July 19, DSA's Diversity and Empowerment Council hosted a briefing: “Direct Selling: Providing Growth and Opportunity for Hispanic Americans” on Capitol Hill. The event featured direct selling company executives and an independent distributor, who discussed the significant impact of Hispanics on direct selling and how the business keeps evolving due to what is the fastest growing demographic in the United States. Special guest Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA) spoke about the importance of direct selling to Hispanics achieving success.

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On September 29, 2015, U.S. Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Marc Veasey (D-TX) announced the formation of the Congressional Direct Selling Caucus. A bipartisan forum to build greater awareness about direct selling and policy issues relevant to the over 20 million Americans involved in direct selling. 

Direct Selling Caucus

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Direct Selling Caucus

Rep. Marc. Veasey (D-TX)

On March 29 2017, the Caucus held a briefing “Direct Selling: Entrepreneurism Driving Economic Growth” to discuss the value of direct selling to millions of micro-entrepreneurs and the United States economy. Former NFL player and direct selling representative JJ Birden and noted research academic Dr. Robert A. Peterson provided additional insights into the impact of direct selling. The Caucus will be holding regular briefings to help raise awareness about the opportunities in direct selling and the commitment of its businesses to the highest ethical and consumer protection standards.

 

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JJ Birden

 

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 Dr. Robert A. Peterson

Direct Selling Caucus Members

  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Caucus Co-chair
  • Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), Caucus Co-chair
  • Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH)
  • Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI)
  • Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ)
  • Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)
  • Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA)
  • Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)
  • Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO)
  • Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)
  • Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX)
  • Rep. John Curtis (R-UT)
  • Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL)
  • Rep. Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL)
  • Rep. John Faso (R-NY)
  • Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ)
  • Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA)
  • Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
  • Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
  • Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC)
  • Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI)
  • Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
  • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
  • Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)
  • Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
  • Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA)
  • Rep. Mia Love (R-UT)
  • Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
  • Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
  • Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI)
  • Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV)
  • Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
  • Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)
  • Ralph Norman (R-SC)
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
  • Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
  • Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
  • Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL)
  • Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
  • Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID)
  • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
  • Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL)
  • Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT)
  • Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA)
  • Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)
  • Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC)

As of October 4th, 2018.


For more information, contact Brian Bennett, Vice President, Government Affairs & Policy