After participating in the ABA Meet and Greet, held Nov. 16, Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) agreed to cosponsor the Free Market Sugar Act – key legislation on which ABA is working diligently to get passed.
A former production manager at Stroehmann’s Bakeries gives Rep. Marino a valuable and unique knowledge of the baking industry that most others in Congress do not have. Rep. Marino left the baking industry to pursue his law degree, but spoke fondly of Harold Stroehmann and the relationship they had during his time at the company.
In addition to sugar reform, attendees discussed the upcoming Farm Bill, deficit reduction and the need for increased Congressional oversight of regulatory agencies.
Rep. Marino was elected to Congress in 2010, after defeating two-term Democrat Chris Carney. Prior to running for Congress, he was a U.S. Attorney who decided to enter public life after becoming frustrated at the direction the nation was taking. He serves on the Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees in the House.
Attendees of the ABA Meet and Greet included representatives from General Mills, the American Beverage Association, Food Marketing Institute, Hershey Co. and other food industry organizations.