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For Immediate Release
June 14, 2016

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PA Chamber President Elected to Serve on U.S. Chamber Board of Directors

HARRISBURG - PA Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr has been selected to serve on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. Barr will serve three, two-year terms.


“It is an honor to be a member of the U.S. Chamber’s Board of Directors,” said Barr. “The U.S. Chamber has been a steadfast voice at the federal level for common-sense policies that will help strengthen our national economy and grow the private sector. Over the years, the PA Chamber has built a formidable relationship with the U.S. Chamber – joining forces to advocate on behalf of businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. I look forward to our continued partnership on behalf of both the Commonwealth’s and the nation’s business community.”


Barr joined the PA Chamber in February 2003. He served for more than eight years as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs prior to being elected President in October 2011. During his tenure, Barr has worked on a large number of significant legislative and regulatory efforts critical to Pennsylvania's business climate. Barr has more than 40 years of experience in various facets of government, political and public affairs activity, as well as business operations. He worked for BP America for more than 12 years. His career included assignments in refining at the company's Marcus Hook, PA refinery, retail marketing at the U.S. headquarters in Cleveland, OH, and in state government affairs in BP's Atlanta, GA regional office, where he had responsibility for all legislative activities in six states.


“The U.S. Chamber is pleased to welcome Gene Barr to our Board of Directors,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. “His work in Pennsylvania to reform pensions, protect taxpayer dollars and strengthen the workforce is praiseworthy, and his wealth of experience will be valuable as we pursue those goals and more at a national level. Gene is a tremendous leader for the business community in the Commonwealth, and he’s sure to be an asset to our organization in this leadership role.”


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation, representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.



The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.