ALEC 45th Anniversary Gala

September 26, 2018  •  Washington, DC

Meeting Summary

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Trump International Hotel

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20004

Event Purpose

45 years ago a small group of state legislators met in Chicago to implement a vision: A nonpartisan membership association for state lawmakers who shared a common belief in limited government, free markets and federalism. Their vision and initiative resulted in the creation of a voluntary membership association for people who believed that government closest to the people was fundamentally more effective. At that meeting state legislators, including then-Illinois State Rep. Henry Hyde and Iowa State Rep. Terry Brandstad, and Lou Barnett, a veteran of then-Gov. Ronald Reagan’s 1968 presidential campaign, launched the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The creation of ALEC Task Forces was a result of President Ronald Reagan’s vision to restore the balance of power away from Washington, returning power to the states.

2018 is ALEC’s 45th anniversary year, a year in which to celebrate ALEC’s leadership with a history of offering real solutions to the top issues facing the states. ALEC’s effectiveness has demonstrated for decades that good ideas are better when shared! We will come together at a spectacular celebration at the ALEC 45th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.