On Dec. 12, 2019, the Congressional Direct Selling Caucus hosted a luncheon briefing titled, “Women’s Entrepreneurship and Direct Selling: A Pathway to Independent Business,” in Washington, D.C. Attendees learned more about the benefits of direct selling for women entrepreneurs including flexibility, the importance of independent work and the ability to learn from a community of peers.

Theresa Flores, Patrice Lee, Joni Rogers-Kante and Lacey Demalis at the luncheon briefing "Women’s Entrepreneurship and Direct Selling: A Pathway to Independent Business" hosted by the Congressional Direct Selling Caucus in Washington, DC.

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

On July 19, 2017, 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.


Direct Selling Caucus Members

  • Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), Caucus Co-chair
  • Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL), Caucus Co-chair
  • Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY)
  • Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH)
  • Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI)
  • Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ)
  • Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL)
  • Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA)
  • Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)
  • Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX)
  • Rep. John Curtis (R-UT)
  • Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL)
  • Rep. Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL)
  • Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ)
  • Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA)
  • Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
  • Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV)
  • Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI)
  • Rep. John James (R-MI)
  • Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)
  • Rep. Young Kim (R-CA)
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
  • Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ)
  • Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA)
  • Rep. Lisa McLain (R-MI)
  • Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
  • Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI)
  • Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV)
  • Rep. Blake Moore (R-UT)
  • Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
  • Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)
  • Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC)
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
  • Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT)
  • Rep. Hilary Scholten (D-MI)
  • Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID)
  • Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL)
  • Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA)
  • Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX)
  • Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)

As of April 19, 2024.

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